Who Puts Family First
Providing Skilled Counsel On Child Custody Matters
Will I have visitation rights?
Do I have options for joint custody?
Can I get sole custody?
What if my child’s parent wants to move?
Questions like these are understandable in the wake of a divorce or falling out with the parent of your child. At The Law Offices of Joseph A. Guillama, in Reading, Pennsylvania, we understand how unsettling, even terrifying, the prospect of losing access to your child can be.
We work hard to assuage parents’ fears by providing them with factual information about child custody in Pennsylvania. We also talk them through their concerns and offer legal advice and support. We can help you, too.
How Does Child Custody In Pennsylvania Work?
In 2011, Pennsylvania amended its laws concerning parenting plans and child custody. The new law lists 16 factors for determining the best interests of the child, which is the benchmark judges use when awarding custody or approving negotiated parenting plans.
Included among these factors* are:
- The parental duties performed by each party on behalf of the child
- Which party is more likely to maintain a loving, stable, consistent and nurturing relationship with the child adequate for the child’s emotional needs
- Which party is more likely to attend to the daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational and special needs of the child
- The child’s relationships with siblings and extended family
- The mental and physical condition of a party or member of a party’s household
- Level of conflict between the parties and the willingness and ability of the parties to cooperate with each other
- Abuse of the child by a party or member of the party’s household
- The history of drug or alcohol abuse of a party or member of a party’s household
*Statutes of Pennsylvania, Title 23 § 5328. “Factors to consider when awarding custody.”
Looking Out For Your Child’s Best Interests
Our founding attorney, Joseph A. Guillama, is a respected child custody lawyer and children’s advocate in the Berks County area. He can separate the facts from the fear in your child custody matter while looking out for your child’s best interest. Contact our law firm, and he will answer your child custody questions and advise you of your options under the law.
Get A Knowledgeable Legal Ally In Your Corner
We recognize that the stakes are high when your parenting rights are the focus of negotiations. To help you understand the legal process before you get started, we offer a free and confidential consultation directly with Joe to each of our prospective clients. Contract our firm to get a knowledgeable legal ally by your side during this stressful time.
For more information about Pennsylvania child custody and your place in it, contact us online or by calling 610-295-5335. The Law Offices of Joseph A. Guillama is in Reading, Pennsylvania. Se habla español!