Resolving Custody Matters
The first questions that we often hear when people come into our office in Scranton revolve around custody and visitation. Every divorced parent wants to see their children and continue to be a positive presence in their lives, even though the marriage did not work out.
Working to Maintain Parent-Child Relationships
Since founding Mastri Law LLC, we have worked with dozens of families to establish custody plans that are agreeable to both parents, while also looking after the best interests of the children. We believe that it is best for all parties (parents, children and extended family) that this process is negotiated in a manner that is both civil and constructive. We work to protect your parental rights and your children’s well-being.
Common Child Custody Issues To Consider
There are different kinds of custody here in Pennsylvania. These include:
- Joint custody: The most common type of custody, this is where the child spends equal time between the parents. It also entitles each parent to have equal say in their children’s major life decisions. It requires a great deal of communication between the parents, and courts are hesitant to grant it unless there is a history of cooperation between the parents on parenting issues.
- Physical custody: Often one parent is awarded physical custody because it is not realistic for children to split their time equally between homes on a day-by-day basis.
- Legal custody: This means that parents still have equal say in the raising of children even if the living arrangement is not split evenly.
- Split custody: This occurs when the children are split between the two parents.
The state often awards sole custody to the mother if the parents are unwed. However, each case is unique, so it is always best to speak with a lawyer to see what your legal options are.