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Options For Child Custody Arrangements

Divorcing parents have the option of creating their own custody agreement. Depending on how contentious your situation is, it may sound unlikely for you and your spouse to agree on these terms. However, creating your own plan based on what is best for your family may be ideal, rather than a judge making custody decisions over which you have little control.

A custom arrangement may not be possible for every couple. If you are unable to come to an agreement, a judge will decide instead. Child custody plans are always based on the best interests of the child, which may include:

  • Your relationship to the child
  • Your health
  • Your ability to care for the child
  • Your location of residence
  • Child’s wishes
  • Any history of abuse
  • Work schedules

Who Will Likely Get Custody Of The Child?

In Pennsylvania, joint custody is favored if it is in the best interests of the child. Barring a parent’s history of domestic violence or substance abuse, children benefit from keeping close relationships with both parents. Another common outcome is for one parent to have primary physical custody of the children while the other parent has regular periods of partial custody.

Pennsylvania also has a law against gender bias in custody proceedings, so judges may not consider your gender when examining your child’s best interests. Fathers and mothers are evaluated equally.

Pursue An Arrangement That Works For You

The attorneys of Hopkins Heltzel Attorneys at Law will help you pursue a custody arrangement that fits your needs, as well as explain what to expect from your case. We understand the importance of custody to parents, so we handle these matters with the utmost care and respect.

To speak with a lawyer in a free consultation, please call 814-299-5496 or email us. Our office is in DuBois, and we work throughout Clearfield County, Jefferson County and Elk County.