Fathers often feel like they are at a disadvantage in a custody dispute. However, father's rights are the same as mother's rights. Gone are the days where fathers are the sole breadwinners and mothers stay at home with the kids. Back in the 1800s Pennsylvania had a law known as the "Tender Years Doctrine" which the courts used to determine custody. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that "considering their tender age, they [the minor children] stand in need of that kind of assistance, which can be afforded by none so well as a mother." This law prevailed until the late 1970s when it was overturned as unconstitutional.
Currently, Pennsylvania law does not support one parent over another in custody cases. Rather, the courts analyze what is in the best interests of the child. Some of the factors a court may consider when determining custody is which parent offers the most stable, nurturing and loving environment. If a child is over the age of 12, the court may consider which parent the child would like to live with. The court often considers the proximity of the parents' respective residences and each parent's ability to co-parent and effectively communicate.
Many fathers come to our office not believing they he would ever be entitled to or receive a shared custody arrangement with the mother. Again, it is more possible than ever. The courts often award 50/50 custody arrangements or give fathers primary custody of their child.
At McMorrow Law, LLC, our custody attorneys seek to level the playing field for fathers suing for or being sued for custody of their children. Our Pittsburgh custody attorney understands the point of view from a father's perspective in a custody case, having represented fathers in custody matters for over ten years. We can counsel you from the moment you think custody may be an issue all of the way through to a custody trial should we not be able to resolve the matter prior to that time. Our goal is to ensure you do not lose any custody rights of your children because you happen to be a father or lose any valuable time with your children. The attorneys at McMorrow Law, LLC fight hard to protect you and preserve your role in your child's life.
Should you choose to handle your custody matter out of court, our founding attorney, Brooke B. McMorrow and all of the attorneys at McMorrow Law are collaboratively trained attorneys who can assist you with resolving your custody dispute through the collaborative process. Attorney McMorrow is also a certified mediator who helps couples come to an agreement on custody without ever stepping foot into a courtroom.
If you are concerned about a custody issue and need assistance, contact our experienced custody attorneys at McMorrow Law, LLC for a free consultation at 724-940-0100.