Perhaps no other aspect of family law is more emotionally charged than child custody determinations. Sometimes, those emotions can make it difficult to step back and look objectively at what arrangement best suits the needs of your child.
At Miller, Kistler & Campbell, we focus on protecting the well-being of our clients and their children during negotiations or litigation involving child custody and parenting time. Our attorneys understand that nothing is more important than your relationship with your children, and we can help you understand your rights.
We can counsel you on the different types of custody arrangements allowed under Pennsylvania law:
- Primary custody — In some cases, one parent may be awarded primary custody, which means the child will live with that parent the majority of the time.
- Partial custody — Partial custody is the right to have unsupervised visitation with the child. Parents, grandparents and certain other interested parties may petition a court for partial custody or visitation.
- Shared custody — Also called joint custody, this arrangement allows both parents to have ongoing contact with the child. Even if one parent has primary physical custody, both parents will often share legal custody.
If you or your former partner wishes to relocate, we can help you seek or fight a court order to ensure you maintain a meaningful relationship with your child.
If you have special wishes for the custody or guardianship of your child in the event of your incapacity or death, our estate planning lawyers can help. The right estate planning documents can make your wishes known and ensure that your child is cared for appropriately — both physically and financially.
Contact us to Protect your Rights and your child
To learn more about child custody, please contact us for an initial consultation at our offices in State College and Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.