When couples separate or divorce the primary focus for most is how time with their children will be shared and how will important decisions about the children be made. In Pennsylvania, parents have legal custody and physical custody rights to their children.
Legal custody: the right to make decisions regarding the health and welfare of your child. Legal custody is almost always shared by parents and allows them access to school and medical records and requires that each be informed regarding important child related decisions. Day-to-day decisions are made by the parent having physical custody at any particular time.
Physical custody: the right to have actual physical custody of your child. Physical custody is almost always shared by parents, although shared does not necessarily mean 50/50. Shared custody schedules are varied and our attorneys can work with you on schedules that meet the needs of your child.
Visitation: the right to visit with a child but not the right to spend time alone with the child away from the other parent or a third-party supervisor.
Custody agreements and orders are subject to be modified at any time if it is in the best interests of the child. A child is subject to an order until he or she reaches the age of eighteen.