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Who can apply for child custody in Pennsylvania and how?

Even if divorcing parents are still on good terms, the right choices for child custody are hard to make. When parents finally agree on a custody arrangement, a court or mediator may have them start over to consider the children's wishes. One thing is certain: People who understand the child custody process are more likely to have their voices heard during it.

When does someone know where they stand on child custody?

The usual conclusion to the process of determining the primary home and disposition of children is a custody order signed by a judge. This document will outline expectations for where the child will live, who the child with live with and who can make major decisions about the child's upbringing.

Who can make a claim for child custody?

A biological parent or a person who has acted in a parenthood role for some time may claim custody. Grandparents may also claim custody if the parent is unable to do so or has already had the grandparents foster a relationship with the child. There are some other requirements that grandparents may have to meet in their claim.

How do I make a claim for child custody?

In Pennsylvania, these claims must be made through the county government for the fee they set unless relief is provided. You will then be assigned a court date either at the courthouse or in the mail after filing.

Do I need a lawyer to claim custody?

A lawyer may not be required, but one is always recommended. An attorney can make the filing process easier as well as represent a claimant's interests in court.  For more information on child custody issues and your rights as a parent, contact a Family Law attorney at the Quinn Law Firm by calling us at 814-833-2222.

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