Lancaster Child Custody Lawyer

An Emotional Challenge

Coming to an agreement on child custody can be one of the most challenging aspects of a divorce. Often, the parents have very different ideas about how custody of their children should be divided. In these situations, it is crucial that you have a skilled Pennsylvania lawyer fighting to protect your rights.

Empathetic Representation

At Marinaro Law Firm, our Lancaster child custody attorneys have 20-plus years of experience guiding clients through the process of divorce. We understand the challenging emotional times you are facing, and we will be available to answer your questions at every stage of the process. Many custody matters can be resolved through divorce mediation. If we cannot reach a compromise, the matter might need to be resolved by a judge's order.

What The Court Considers

The court will typically consider 16 factors related to the best interest of the child. These factors include the continuity of the child's education, sibling relationships, the availability of extended family and the preference of the child, based on the child's maturity and judgment.

Physical Vs. Legal Custody

When handling child custody disputes, we must focus on both physical custody and legal custody. Legal custody refers to which parent will make important decisions regarding the child's education, religion and health care. Physical custody refers to where the child will actually live. The noncustodial parent will typically be awarded visitation or parenting time based on the compromise of both parents. Most often, parents will arrive at a decision based on joint or shared custody.

When Grandparents Seek Custody

As a grandparent, you want what is best for your grandchildren. Grandparents may seek custody of their minor grandchildren in certain circumstances. If it can be proved that the parents engage in risky behavior such as drugs or criminal activity, it might be in the child's best interest to be removed from that environment. If you are a grandparent who is concerned about your grandchild's health and safety, contact our firm and learn about your legal options.

Prioritize Your Children

If you have questions regarding child custody, contact Marinaro Law Firm by calling 717-406-1794, toll free 866-614-6520 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We offer services in English or Spanish.