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York Child Custody Lawyer

Protecting Your Child's Best Interest

When parents decide to divorce, many issues will need to be resolved concerning the care and upbringing of any minor children. The issue of custody pertains to both legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make decisions regarding the child's:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Healthcare
  • Other important matters

When a spouse has physical custody, he or she provides the child with daily care. Both legal and physical custody can also be awarded to a single parent. In most cases, the court will favor joint custody, however, in which both parents are actively involved in child rearing activities.

What to Look for in Your Attorney

If you are seeking a divorce and have minor children, contact a York divorce lawyer from the firm to discuss the laws pertaining to custody and for assistance in working out your custody agreement. Philadelphia has just changed their custody laws, which has added many additional factors to consider in child custody. Having an attorney who is up to date on the current custody laws is essential when you are addressing this issue in your divorce. In fact, both of our attorneys have attended a CLE called "Difficult Issues to Mediate, Litigate, and Deal with In General with Custody Cases."

Changes in Pennsylvania Child Custody Law

In the state of Pennsylvania, early in 2011, legislation that was a decade in the making officially was passed into law. There are several different aspects of the law, however, one of the most important is that it is believed to turn the law into a more modern interpretation of child custody. For example, decisions regarding custody must now be considered gender neutral. Other changes include:

  • Judges are now required to provide explanation regarding the decision;
  • There is now a rebuttable presumption that parents be given custody;
  • Notification of relocation is now required; and
  • Criminal history of all household members of custody petitioners be considered

All of these alterations and additions change the way that the game is played – it is vastly important that if you are currently facing a custody battle that you have a divorce lawyer on your side who is up-to-date on all laws and is prepared to provide you with the high-quality and caring representation you deserve.

Child Custody Attorney in York & Lancaster, Pennsylvania

When divorcing parents are unable to come to an agreement regarding custody, the matter is decided by the court. Various factors will be taken into consideration when decided the type of custody that will be granted, including, but not limited to:

  • What is in the best interests of the child;
  • The age of the child;
  • The child's relationship with each parent;
  • Each parent's financial situation; and
  • What the child prefers

If a parent has a history of child endangerment, abuse or maltreatment, custody will most likely be awarded to the other party. Many times both parents will be given joint legal custody, while one spouse will be designated the primary custodian and the other will be given visitation rights. Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is a family law firm that has helped many divorcing parents work out child custody and support agreements.

We know your children's welfare is important, and we will do everything possible to ensure their future well-being. We have served as officers of the York County Bar Association and Southern Branch of the YMCA; we are also former directors of the family law section of the York County Bar Association.

Contact a York child custody lawyer from our firm if you are intending to divorce for qualified assistance with child custody, support and visitation agreements.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.
Ilkhanoff & Silverstein - York Attorney
Located at 135 N. George Street, Suite 223 York, PA 17401. View Map
Phone: (717) 563-0681