If you’re going through a breakup in Pennsylvania and there are children involved, it’s important to know the child custody laws in this Commonwealth. The same suggestion applies if you and your former mate split up a while ago but need a new parenting arrangement because one of you have moved, remarried or otherwise had a major life change. Perhaps the need to revisit custody isn’t about either parent but about the child’s wish to live with one parent full time or another relative entirely. Any of these scenarios requires you to consult with Attorney Sommer or Attorney O’Donnell at Sommer & O’Donnell.
Pennsylvania considers several factors in determining child custody. These factors were enacted by the Legislature and are contained in the Pennsylvania Code. It is ideal for all parties involved for the parents to reach an agreement on child custody without needing the Court to decide. However, that is not always practicable and the Court must decide. In reaching its decision, the Court will consider the “best interests” of the child to determine custody and examine the sixteen (16) custody factors in the Custody Act.