Montgomery County Pennsylvania Visitation Issues Attorney
Issues Concerning Child Custody and Visitation Rights
Child custody and visitation are often contentious issues. We know you want your children’s needs met while making them feel secure during a difficult transition. In order to ensure the best possible living and visitation arrangements, you should contact a Montgomery County child custody lawyer at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, PC at (866) 290-9292 so that you can benefit from our extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania family law.
Custody Arranagements in Pennyslvania
All kinds of issues come into play when deciding the custodial and visitation rights of parents. Both physical and legal custody can be arranged as follows:
The arrangement is short-term only.
Children reside with one parent who makes decisions about their upbringing.
Each parent has full physical custody of one or more children in a multi-child home. For example, a pair of siblings is split up so that one lives with one parent and the other lives with the other parent.
Which has three categories of its own:
- Joint legal custody
A child has one residence, and parents share decision-making.
- Shared physical custody
A child has two residences, and parents share decision-making.
- Combination of both
Types of Issues the Judge Will Consider
The judge will consider many issues when deciding where your children should live and who should make decisions regarding their upbringing, including the following:
- Whether you were legally wed or can establish paternity
- Willingness of parents to cooperate with one another and with the court
- Physical and emotional needs of the children
- Each parent’s financial situation
- Expressed desires of the children (depending on age)
- History of child abuse by one or both parents
- Whether one parent lives in a different state than the other
- Prior custodial arrangements made for siblings
- Parents’ expressed custodial preferences
Factors in Visitation Arrangements in Montgomery County
Decisions regarding visitation can take varying forms as well. Judges consider similar factors when making these arrangements, including the following:
- Willingness and ability to obey terms of visitation agreement
- Parental fitness
- Needs of the children
- Arrangements made for siblings
- Geographic proximity of parents to one another
Call (866) 290-9292 Today for Help
In the end, the court will make all decisions based on the "best interests" of your children. If you want to make sure the judge understands exactly what is best for your children with regards to their custody and visitation, contact Sheryl R. Rentz for representation. She will study your family’s specific situation, explain your legal options and fight to make the best possible arrangements for your children.