Child Custody & Visitation
If there is a custody issue in your case, most likely this may be where your case will start in the system. Our goal at BFL is to ensure that children receive the greatest protection during your divorce proceeding. We encourage you to learn about child development and think about the process as co-parenting not custody. We like to work collaboratively with parenting professionals, and have resources, that we can use to help you draft a “shared access or co-parenting agreement.” Truly, we believe that you are the best judge of what should happen to your children, and we strive to keep custody matters out of court.
Child Custody generally involves two issues:
Legal custody and physical custody
Legal custody is the right to make major decision involving the child. Major decisions can include:
- Religious training
- Major activities and
- General Welfare
Ordinarily, Pennsylvania Courts award shared legal custody to parents.
Physical Custody, involves where the child(ren) will reside either partially or entirely. Regardless of where children reside, our philosophy is to encourage parents, to the best of their ability, actively to co-parent with the children’s interests paramount. While shared and/or joint physical custody arrangements are what most parents believe they want, we will work with you to make sure you come up with a program that creates the least “disruption” for your child(ren). Of course, we will work out details of custody, including parenting rights and responsibilities, and as feasible, we will provide resources, including referrals to child development specialists, books, parenting guides.
Contact Us and let us help you work out a suitable parenting plan