There’s no doubt that dissolution of a marriage can be a complicated and overwhelming process. The individuals involved typically have many decisions to make about how assets and debts are divided, where individuals with live, and much more. It’s important for individuals who are considering, or planning, divorce to understand some of the laws so that he or she will not be surprised later. Working with an experienced and trusted attorney can help to make the process easier to navigate.
One of the most common questions that individuals who are getting divorced have is about child custody laws. The impact of the divorce is often a large consideration for both parents. Attorney Jack Rounick of Norristown, PA, has helped many parents work through the child custody issues to reach an agreement. Here, Mr. Rounick explains some of the things that his clients need to understand about the custody decision process:
- Definition of custody: The law defines custody in two ways. Physical custody is with whom the child lives and with whom he spends his time. Legal custody refers to which party has the ability to make major decisions for the child.
- Custody can be requested by a parent for the child, by an individual who has taken on parental responsibilities for a period of time, and in some cases by grandparents.
- The court makes decisions about custody based on many factors including (but not limited to) best interest of child/children, risk of harm, parenting factors, education and community stability, relationships with other family members, the individual’s ability to parent the child, and preference of the child.
- Once a decision is made, it is typically final. However, decisions can be appealed within 30 days of the court order. It’s important to note that appeals are complicated. Individuals who wish to appeal a custody decision are well served to take their case to an attorney and receive help.
For more information about child custody laws in Pennsylvania, call Attorney Jack Rounick today. Mr. Rounick not only understands the laws in Pennsylvania, he is experienced in helping clients understand the process.