Lancaster Child Custody Lawyer

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

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.

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.

Grandparents Custody Rights Attorney Serving Millersville

Ephrata And All Of Lancaster County

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 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.

It is not uncommon, however, for grandparents to seek custody of a minor child. 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 the health and safety of your grandchild, contact our firm to learn more about your legal options.

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If you have questions regarding 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 we offer evening and weekend appointments upon request. We offer services in English or Spanish.