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Even parents who are happily married have different views when it comes to raising their children. For parents who are divorced or who do not live together, disputes over the best interests of the child are magnified.
The Madsen Law Firm is sensitive to the difficulties of co-parenting. We handle a variety of matters, but we know that few legal issues are more important or more emotionally charged than child custody. We work hard to truly understand your concerns and to achieve a favorable outcome, in or out of court.
Attorney Madsen represents mothers, fathers and grandparents throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Monroe, Northampton and Lehigh Counties . Contact us today for a free consultation.
The first thing many clients ask is what rights they have in child custody proceedings. Attorney Madsen takes the time to explain Pennsylvania custody law and to address all your questions about the legal process. Just as importantly, we take the time to understand your concerns and your goals so that we can determine a course of action.
• Physical custody and legal custody
• Visitation and parenting plans
• Relocation proceedings
• Paternity actions
• Modification of custody or support orders
• Interference with visitation rights
• Dependency, CYS, CYF and DHS matters
Sole physical custody is rarely awarded to a parent unless he or she can show cause such as serious drug use or child abuse. It is common for a court to award primary physical custody to one parent and partial physical custody (visitation) to the other parent.
The Pennsylvania family courts have become more and more progressive, fathers are obtaining shared physical custody in many cases. There is a presumption that dads deserve equal time if they have been actively involved in raising the child.
Disputes arise when a parent asserts primary custody without a court order and tries to limit the other parent's access to the child. If parents cannot agree on how to split parenting time, attorney Madsen is prepared to litigate a favorable outcome.
Legal custody refers to decisions about the child's schooling, health care, religious upbringing and general welfare. In most cases, both parents will share legal custody. While sole physical custody is rare, sole legal custody is an even more unlikely outcome in child custody litigation.
A parenting plan refers to the day-to-day scheduling of the co-parenting arrangements and, in some cases, which parent will make decisions regarding certain aspects of the child’s life. We can help negotiate the calendar of weekends, overnights, vacations and holidays, as well as pick-up times and other day-to-day details. We work to make the plan clear and enforceable while encouraging communication and flexibility.
Every situation is different, but an experienced family law attorney can help find the elusive solutions to custody conflicts. We handle all child custody matters. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.