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Child Custody Matters in Pennsylvania

By Cairns Law Offices  Mar. 14, 2013 9:40a

Child custody can be a hot issue in a divorce. If the divorcing spouses cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the matter will go to court where a judge will make a decision based on the evidence presented by each side. In Pennsylvania, the judge will decide the issue of custody based on what is in the best interests of the child with an emphasis on any factors related to the child's safety. Many factors may be considered by the court under Pennsylvania law. These include which parent is the more likely to encourage a frequent and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent, whether evidence shows that a parent has committed any form of abuse, parenting skills, the issue of stability and continuity in the child's life and how custody with a parent will affect that, whether the child has siblings and how that will affect custody, the child's preference in the matter if old enough to have a reasonable opinion, whether a parent has tried to turn the child against the other parent, which parent can best physically, emotionally, and financially care for the child, whether there is a history of drug or alcohol abuse, and many other relevant factors.

If divorcing parents have agreed on child custody, they can present it to the court in a written agreement in the divorce process. Such an agreement will need to be specific regarding custody arrangements, including such details as where the child shall spend weekends, holidays, and vacations. Those who already have a written custody arrangement in place who live separately and apart can obtain a divorce without changing the custody agreement.

Child Custody Attorney for Uncontested No-Fault Pennsylvania Divorce

If you and your spouse are in agreement about a divorce, you can get your settlement agreement about child custody and division of marital property and debt prepared along with all the other divorce paperwork by Cairns Law Offices. The firm does not represent individuals in courtroom litigation regarding child custody. It is devoted to helping couples achieve a fast, easy, and affordable online divorce, which can include a custody agreement. The firm uses internet-based services which allow you to file your divorce online; all of the paperwork is prepared by your attorney at the firm.

Obtaining a no-fault uncontested divorce should not cost you premium prices. Learn more about this unique and streamlined divorce service by contacting the firm to discuss your case with an attorney or by visiting the firm at

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