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Child custody in Pennsylvania is determined by the gender neutral “best interests of the child” standard. It’s handled in a similar manner regardless of the marital status of the parents. There is a presumption of shared custody unless one of the parents is legally unfit. In most cases the children live with one parent that has primary physical custody and the other parent who is given ample time to spend with the children.

Attempting to sort out child custody law issues may prove to be a contentious task. If you believe it’s time to seek an impartial perspective, you will gain insight by working with Attorney Jessie D. Rawlings in Pittsburgh, PA.

You can meet with Attorney Jessie D. Rawlings to discuss:

  • Visitation issues
  • Concerns about the child’s environment
  • Parental responsibilities
  • Transportation Issues
  • School Choice
  • Paternity

At our practice, clients have the chance to personally meet with Attorney Jessie D. Rawlings and get the attention they feel their cases deserve.
The child custody law system may not be easy to navigate, but you can request local representation. Jessie Rawlings is available on weekdays and provides flexible appointment options. She has earned the respect of many clients from the Pittsburgh area. Protecting clients’ rights is our job, so give us a call today and find out what we may be able to do for you.

One of the reasons that Jessie is considered the best custody attorney in Pittsburgh is her success in helping her clients develop a parenting plan that empowers their family to thrive.  When parents agree on a plan, it can be entered as a consent order with the court. If the parents cannot agree, the judge will order a custody schedule based on what they believe is in the “best interests of the child.”  Shared custody is the norm, and it’s divided into two areas: decision making, known as legal custody, and residence, known as physical custody. Sole custody is extremely rare and generally reserved for families where there are severe issues that render one of the parents unfit. In most cases the children live with one of the parents (custodial parent) and have ample parenting time with the other parent (non-custodial parent.) The concept of “visitation” by the non-custodial parent is outmoded, as both parents are expected to take an active role. In fact, it’s become increasingly common for parents to opt for 50/50 custody, with children spending equal amounts of time in each parents’ home.

The Best Interests of the Children

Child custody in Pennsylvania is determined by the gender neutral “best interests of the child” standard. It’s handled in a similar manner regardless of the marital status of the parents. There is a presumption of shared custody unless one of the parents is legally unfit. In most cases the children live with one parent that has primary physical custody and the other parent who is given ample time to spend with the children.

The time a non-custodial parent spends with children used to be called visitation, but now it’s called physical custody, and parents are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their kids. In fact, the whole concept of primary physical custody is becoming less popular and it’s becoming increasingly common for children to spend fifty percent of their time in each parents’ home, shuttling between two residences. The schedule of time spent with each parent is a physical custody plan and includes how holidays and vacations will be handled. The parent with primary physical custody typically receives child support payments from the other parent to help them cover the costs of raising the children.

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