As a dedicated child custody attorney, Robert Katzenstein understands the highly contentious nature of these cases. He draws on decades of experience to provide workable solutions for Holland, PA- area clients. Striving for dialogue and settlement through mediation, our firm is also prepared to litigate if a reasonable compromise cannot be reached. If you are involved in a family law dispute, you and your child may benefit greatly from the assistance of Katzenstein Law Offices. Please contact us today to schedule an informative consultation.
About Child Custody
In any divorce or dissolution of a relationship involving children, the question of custody and visitation is of primary importance. Some parties can reach an easy agreement, but often this issue generates strong emotion and upheaval. In some unfortunate cases, a parent will use a child as a weapon or employ other unscrupulous tactics.
A dedicated father and grandfather, Mr. Katzenstein takes a personal interest in the well-being of families.
Pennsylvania courts consider the child’s relationship with both parents in a determination of appropriate custody. The best interest of the child is paramount. Living with one or both parents is favored, but grandparents and others can win custody in unique situations.
The following terms define custody in a family law case:
- Temporary custody – A motion for temporary custody can formalize the child’s immediate living situation. A judge will consider the child’s best interests with the goal of providing minimal disruption.
- Legal custody – A parent awarded legal custody will have the right to make decisions and plans pertaining to the child’s long-term welfare. This involves education, religious training, and other important issues.
- Physical custody – The parent with whom the child primarily will reside has physical custody and will make decisions pertaining to everyday needs.
- Sole custody – Sole custody means one parent retains both legal and physical custody of the child. This rarely occurs, and if it is granted, there is almost always visitation (or supervised visitation) for the other parent.
- Joint custody – Shared custody arrangements include 50/50 physical custody or equal legal rights with one parent retaining primary physical custody. Creative arrangements are sometimes made, such as parents taking turns living with the child in one residence.
- Split custody – In a family with two children, each parent takes full physical custody over one child. The age and preference of the children are considered in split custody situations.
To determine the best interests of children, the court will consider the parents’ ability to work together jointly, each parent’s demonstrated fitness, financial status, and many other factors. Judges look for a parent’s sincere desire to maintain influence in the child’s life rather than an arrangement motivated by financial concerns, such as child support. If the parties are able to come to their own reasonable agreement, a judge will often abide by it. Otherwise, the judge will be the one making these key decisions.
Obtaining Legal Help
Mr. Katzenstein can help you work out an amicable child custody agreement or fight for your position—and your child—in court. A dedicated father and grandfather, he takes a personal interest in the well-being of families, fighting for shared custody, primary custody for the mother or custody for the father, depending upon the circumstances.
Katzenstein Law can help with:
- Child Custody Evaluations
- Custody Litigation
- Visitation Schedules
- Supervised Visitation Orders
- Enforcement of Orders
- Custody Modifications
- Relocation Issues
- Grandparents’ custody and visitation
Learn More about Child Custody Arrangements
Mr. Katzenstein brings over 35 years of family law experience as well as familiarity with local courts and judges. For proactive, child-focused custody representation, please contact our firm online today. You can also call Katzenstein Law Offices at (215) 322-3400 with any questions you may have.