To address the need for parents to work together when they separate or divorce, many counties require participation in parenting skills seminars before custody is determined. Allegheny County has the Generations Program, which involves an educational seminar and mediation. Butler County has Lifesteps. Other counties have similar programs, and it is helpful to have a lawyer who understands the differences between them.
At McMorrow Law, LLC, we take child custody cases throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Our Pittsburgh child custody attorney is familiar with the county parenting programs and can help you understand what is required before you take legal action. We represent fathers, mothers, grandparents and third parties in custody cases.
Custody, Parenting Schedules And Relocation
Under Pennsylvania law, custody is determined by what is in the best interest of the child. In most circumstances, the child's best interests are served when parents work together to reach a custody and parenting schedule agreement. Parents may be granted shared custody, primary custody, partial custody or joint custody. The parenting schedule will specify how the child spends weekday, weekends, holidays, vacations, summers and birthdays.
Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions regarding issues such as education, health care and religion. Physical custody determines with which parent the child will live. Parents often have joint legal custody of a child while one parent has primary physical custody, but many arrangements are possible. Judges are likely to approve parenting schedules as long as both parties agree to them and they meet the best interests of the child.
Recent changes to the state's custody laws affect parental relocation. One change is that the parent seeking the relocation can file notice of the relocation without being penalized later by the court. In addition, the court may look differently at what constitutes relocation. We can help you understand how these changes may apply in your relocation case.
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