After leaving law school and starting to practice law, I realized quickly that there is more to the practice of law than what was in text books and the words that my law professors would spew from their podiums.
I realized that custody cases involved a number of different personalities that an attorney has to interact. These include Judges, hearing officers, conference officers, other attorneys, children of different ages, and one's own clients.
First and foremost, I am utilizing this website as a manner to market my law firm. Simultaneously, I want to provide the reader of the content with a practical background on how to approach a custody case to maximize their situation with the child or children whether this be as a someone who has their child the majority of the time or someone who is seeking increased time with their child. I would also like to educate third parties in custody proceedings such as grandparents to understand their rights.
I have the best intentions of maximizing a parent and a child's relationship and happiness during a difficult times.
The following are factors that a Court of Common Pleas Judge or a hearing officer is required to consider when making their decisions. Some explicitly dictate this language into a court order. This is directly taken from the Pennsylvania statute.
Extra Curricular Activities
An old client of mine inspired me to add a page of great importance, but possibly not discussed at great lengths in the context of a custody dispute. This is the area of extra curricular activities. I realize not only from the personal observations from the perspective of when I was a child growing up, but as an adult in watching children mature into their teenage years that extracurricular curricular activities are important for a child at any age.