In many cases, parents share custody of their children after a divorce or a separation. However, there is a chance that a Pennsylvania judge will allow you to have full custody of your children. It’s also possible that you’ll be a noncustodial parent. There are many factors that determine the level of access that you’ll have to a son or daughter after ending your relationship with the child’s other parent.
Do you have a strong bond with your child?
A judge will want to see that you have a connection with your son or daughter before allowing you to serve as his or her primary caretaker. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep records of all the times that you interacted with your child prior to the child custody hearing to show the strength of your relationship.
Is your child safe while in your care?
If you live in a dangerous part of town, it’s unlikely that your child will be allowed to spend the night in your home on a regular basis. The same may be true if you have been convicted of DUI, domestic abuse or other serious crimes in the past.
Do you get along with your former partner?
Generally speaking, children do better when they have both their parents in their lives. Therefore, it may be harder to obtain custody of your children if you don’t get along well with their other parent. This is because a judge will want to see evidence that you won’t interfere with that person’s ability to be a parent. Even if you don’t get along with your former spouse, it’s important to put your feelings aside to do what is right for your kids.
An attorney may be able to help you obtain custody of your children. This might be done by using cellphone, financial and other records showing that you have made an effort to provide for your children throughout their lives. Your legal adviser may also use medical records, witness statements and other evidence to establish that you’re a capable caregiver.