The Dos and Don’ts of Child Custody in Pennsylvania

If you require assistance in maintaining custody of your child, please read on, then contact an experienced York County, PA child custody attorney to learn the dos and don’ts of child custody in Pennsylvania.

What should you do in a child custody case in Pennsylvania?

Judges in the Keystone State will factor in the child’s age, gender, characteristics and background as they decide on custody. The judge will want to ensure that the child will be safe from any possible harm and the parent has the ability to meet the needs of the child. That said, you should do everything to prove you are a fit parent by Pennsylvania standards. You must show that you will be able to feed, clothe and shelter the child as well as prevent any undue stress or pain to him or her. Nobody is perfect, but you must demonstrate that you place the child’s best interests before your own.

What should you not do in a child custody case in Pennsylvania?

Simply put, you should not do anything that would lead the court to deem you an unfit parent. The list of things that will get you deemed unfit is long and varied, but the following are some of the most common:

  • Engaging in criminal behavior, especially in the presence of children
  • Using illegal drugs, especially in the presence of children
  • Abusing your child or significant other
  • Having an unsafe living environment
  • Withholding the child from his or her other legal parent, siblings or extended family
  • Disrupting or discontinuing the child’s education or community life
  • Neglecting the child’s daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational and special needs
  • Creating conflict, and/or inability to cooperate with the other parent

A host of other factors will play into the judge’s decision. To be fully apprised of the most likely considerations, you should reach out to one of our skilled York County, PA family law attorneys to discuss your next steps.

How can a York County, PA family law attorney help you?

When taken out of their proper context, any actions might seem like those of an unfit parent, but the reality is often much more complicated. A qualified legal professional will keep you apprised of your rights and responsibilities as well as provide guidance through this daunting process. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. 

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