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Child custody is one of the most complex areas of family law in Pennsylvania. At MHK Attorneys, we will be strong advocates for your rights as a parent and identify the best solution for you and your children.

‘I Want Full Custody’

Many parents will come to us stating that they want full custody after a separation or divorce. What many people consider to be full custody does not match up with the law’s version of full custody. In the eyes of the court, full custody would be one parent having sole physical and legal custody.

What most parents think of as full custody is actually primary physical custody. This refers to where the child spends most of his or her nights. Legal custody covers decisions about a child’s upbringing such as medical care, education and religion.

Actually obtaining sole physical and legal custody is rare. It is usually only granted if one parent is a danger to the child, deceased or incarcerated.

Grandparents’ Rights

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandfather’s house we go.” If a divorce happens, will going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house still be a part of the agenda? It will be if we can help it. At MHK Attorneys, we believe it is crucial for children to have a relationship with their grandparents and will do everything in our power to make sure you have access.

There is an understanding in the courts that it is in the best interest of the child to have continual contact with both parents, as well as access to grandparents. However, this does not mean that this contact will be mandated, as each case has unique variables that must be considered.

Children Can Have A Say In Some Custody Decisions

A judge may consider a child’s preferences in a custody issue. This is more likely to be a factor in cases involving older children.

The Relationship Between Parents Can Affect Custody Rights

Parents with no intention of maintaining a workable relationship still have rights, but their relationship may play a role in a judge’s custody decision. A judge may consider which parent is more likely to encourage and allow frequent and continuing contact between the child and the other parent, and may consider past instances of abuse or domestic violence.

Contact Us For Answers To Your Child Custody And Visitation Questions

The deciding factor in a child custody case will be what is in the best interest of the child. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Pennsylvania child custody lawyer.