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Child Custody Lawyers in Indiana County Do What’s Best for You and Your Family

What’s in the best interests of the child

The law in Pennsylvania places great importance on your children continuing their relationships with both you and your spouse after separation or divorce. The courts encourage you to come to a reasonable agreement regarding custody on your own and seriously consider what you decide.

The attorneys at Law Office of Michael N. Vaporis keep you focused on the ultimate goal: your children’s best interests. Whenever possible, we help you come to an amicable agreement with your spouse regarding child custody. But we are always ready to take your custody case to court.

Custody decisions

Although judges make their custody decisions based on what they feel is in the best interests of the children, there is no legal definition of the children’s best interests. Some of the factors that judges consider are:

  • The character and fitness of the parents seeking custody
  • The parents’ living situations
  • The parenting abilities and inclinations of each parent
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the children’s physical and emotional well-being
  • Custody agreements from another state

 

If you or your spouse is not in a position to provide for the children properly, your child custody lawyers in Indiana County can recommend to the judge that he or she consider extended family members to step in, but a judge’s first choice is to have the parents share custody.

Take it one step at a time

Michael and Katrina counsel and prepare you for each step of the custody process. You and your spouse appear at an initial custody conference and then the required mediation with a neutral third party acting as the mediator. And finally, if a decision hasn’t been reached during mediation, the judge will schedule a custody hearing. The types of custody you must establish are:

  • Legal
  • Physical
  • Sole
  • Partial

Legal custody is your right to make major decisions that affect your children, such as medical, religious or educational decisions. Physical custody is the right to have the children in your care. Both legal and physical custody can be either sole or shared. Our experienced Indiana County child custody attorneys sit with you and work out the type of custody that benefits you, your spouse and the children.

Custody agreements aren’t set in stone

Custody agreements don’t have to be permanent once you hear the judge’s decision. As children get older, their needs and wants change. Former spouses sometimes move to stay employed or be near family. Our Indiana County family law attorneys stay with you throughout the entire process and revisit your custody agreement as often as needed throughout the years to come.

Seek advice from skilled Indiana County child custody lawyers

Child custody laws are often modified with the changing times. When you’re searching for a knowledgeable child support attorney in Indiana County, call Law Office of Michael N. Vaporis at 724-465-5653 or contact us online. Your first half hour consultation is free. We’re conveniently located at 840 Philadelphia Street, Suite 301, Indiana, on the corner of 9th and Philadelphia, across from the courthouse and the library.