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Should parents get equal time in a joint physical custody plan?

When divorce occurs within a Pennsylvania family it can be hard for the parents to figure out how to split their children's time between their different households. While in some cases they may eventually come to an arrangement that serves both their expectations and their children's needs, in other cases they may need the help of the courts to settle their differences. When parents share physical custody of their kids and cannot find common ground regarding the split, courts will assess how to serve the best interests of the children in their divided custodial plans.

Should I fight for legal custody of my child?

Transitioning from a marriage with children to life after a divorce can be very hard on a Pennsylvanian parent. Especially when that parent is accustomed to undertaking many of the day-to-day responsibilities that parents perform with regard to their kids may they struggle with not having their children in their homes each day of their lives. Often when parents undergo divorces they have to split up their children's lives so that each parent may have some custodial control over the kids' physical bodies.

What are the different types of child custody?

Knowing what custody arrangements may be available can be important to parents facing child custody concerns. Parents may wonder what different types of child custody there are. There are two general types of child custody that parents must resolve when reaching a child custody agreement. The two categories are physical custody and legal custody and who will have physical custody of the child and who will have legal custody of the child.

What is considered in the best interests of the child?

What is in the best interests of the child is used to make all child custody decisions, however, parents may wonder what is considered in the best interests of the child and how that is arrived at. If parents are negotiating a child custody agreement, or the family law court is deciding on one when parents are unable to agree, the focus is always to develop a child custody agreement that is in the best interests of the child. It is helpful to understand what that refers to.

Child custody basics in Pennsylvania

The idea of child custody can be troubling but is important for divorcing parents to understand and to know what to expect. Determining child custody can be one of the most emotional and contentious aspects of the divorce process. Additional concerns, such as grandparent visitation, can also arise which is why it is important for divorcing parents to understand the full range of resources available to them through the family law process.

How do Pennsylvania courts look at child custody?

Divorce, or the break-up of a long-term domestic relationship, is hard. This is especially true when the couple involved has children together. The thought of not being with the children on a day-to-day basis can be frightening for many parents. In many circumstances, however, residents decide that it is better for the children for their parents to no longer live together, than to remain in a bad situation.

How are visitation rights determined?

Considering the fact that a divorce in and of itself is the result of an unsustainable relationship, it comes as no surprise that many divorces are not clean or easily processed. If a couple were able to work through the challenges and decisions of life, they may not be in the divorce in the first place.

What is physical custody of a child?

During the divorce process, parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere must take the time to consider what child custody agreement is best for their child. And, while it might meet the best interests of the child, it should be noted that it might not meet the needs and interests of both parents. In some cases, a parent might seek sole custody of their child. This results in that parent having physical custody.

Helping you reach a custody agreement during divorce

They are very few life events that are as emotional and challenging as divorce. This is especially true when a child is involved and the divorcing parents are unable to agree on terms that directly and indirectly impact the children. While it might be difficult to transition from a one household family to a two household family, accepting the changes that are occurring is often the first step. Next, parents must determine the child custody arrangement that will meet the needs of everyone involved and the best interests of the children.

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