Chalfont Child Custody Lawyers
Results-Focused Family Law Attorneys Help Parents Resolve Child Custody Issues in Chalfont, PA
Every parent understandably wants what is best for his or her child and will do whatever it takes to ensure that his or her child has what the parent believes is best. This is why child custody is often the most vigorously contested issue in a divorce or between separated parents. When your children are involved in a dispute, it is easy for emotions to run high. This is why it is critical that you have compassionate, experienced legal representation to help you with your child custody matter. A knowledgeable child custody lawyer can effectively advocate on your behalf while helping you achieve your primary goal of doing what is best for your child or children.
If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, the Chalfont child custody lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford are here to answer the questions you may have about the child custody process, help you understand your legal rights and options, and assist you with determining what is the best path for you and your child or children.
Chalfont Child Custody Lawyers Provide Parents with Expert Legal Advice and Representation
Child custody can often be a complex matter. Although the law and courts prefer that parents share joint custody so that children have equal opportunity to foster a relationship with their parents, custody can take any number of forms. The Chalfont child custody attorneys have helped parents across Southeastern Pennsylvania with all different kinds of child custody arrangements, such as:
- Joint physical custody, which is an arrangement in which both parents have roughly equal parenting time with a child — this arrangement is typically preferred when parents are able to work well together to resolve parenting issues
- Primary physical custody — even if parents have joint physical custody, one parent may be designated the parent of primary physical custody, which can be important for related issues like child support, legal custody, or tax credits
- Visitation — unlike physical custody, where the parent has exclusive physical control over and responsibility for a child, visitation is a form of parenting time in which the parent exercising visitation does not have exclusive physical control over and responsibility for a child. Although visitation can be supervised or unsupervised, and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days at a time, a parent exercising visitation cannot do anything that interferes with the exclusive control and responsibility of the parent with physical custody (such as taking the child somewhere without the consent of the parent with physical custody)
- Legal custody, which is the right of a parent to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, including education, healthcare, or moral/religious instruction; legal custody can either be jointly held between parents, who must agree on these decisions, or can be awarded to only one parent who exercises sole decision-making authority
Our attorneys can help you at any stage of the child custody process, whether you are looking to establish an initial child custody arrangement, modify an existing arrangement, or enforce aspects of a court-ordered child custody arrangement.
How Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford Can Help You with Your Child Custody Matter
In 1952, our firm’s founder, Irwin Rubin, began serving the legal needs of people throughout Montgomery, Bucks, Lehigh, Chester, and Delaware Counties. Since then, Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford has strived to live up to the ideals of Mr. Rubin’s practice. If you and your family have a child custody matter, our firm works tirelessly to ensure that you receive excellent legal representation and service.
Over the last 15 years, our partners have been named by their peers as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, as published in Philadelphia Magazine. In addition, many of our associates have been named as Pennsylvania Rising Stars. Our firm was named by The Reporter’s Reader’s Choice as Best Law Firm from 2005 through 2013, and US News & World Report has given us a “Best Law Firm” accolade each year since 2010. And since 1992, Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford has received the highest AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating process. These honors demonstrate our firm’s dedication to providing focused, knowledgeable, ethical representation to each of our clients.
Our attorneys understand that child custody disputes can tear families apart. That is why we are experienced in helping you resolve your child custody matter as efficiently as possible through negotiation or mediation. Of course, if necessary, our attorneys are prepared to fight in court for you and your children’s interests.
Contact Our Experienced Chalfont, PA Child Custody Lawyers Today
If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute in Chalfont, Bucks County, PA, the compassionate family lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C. can help guide you through the custody process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced child custody attorneys to learn more about your rights and options and about how we can help you achieve a favorable resolution and protect your child’s interests in your custody matter. We can be reached at 215-822-7575 to schedule your free initial consultation.
About Chalfont, PA
Chalfont is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that is notable for its collection of colonial-era and Victorian-style houses and commercial buildings. Present-day Chalfont was part of the area that William Penn acquired via treaty with local Native Americans of the Lenape tribe. In 1720, Simon Butler purchased land that included the “Village of Chalfont” and built a home and mill. Butler also served as Justice of the Peace for the area comprising present-day Chalfont and oversaw the construction of roads into the area, spurring the village’s initial. During the Revolutionary War, detachments of George Washington’s army marched through present-day Chalfont from the army’s winter camp at Valley Forge on the way to the front in Monmouth, New Jersey. Chalfont’s growth continued in the 19th century with the construction of a train station on the Reading/Philadelphia Railway, leading to incorporation of the borough using the station’s name, Chalfont.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Custody in Chalfont, PA
When courts determine custody, the overriding concern is the best interests of the child; the interests or convenience of the parents are a secondary concern unless they serve the interests of the child. Some of the factors that courts look at in determining child custody include looking at the financial, familial, and other resources a parent has to care for a child, the ability of each parent to foster the child’s relationship with the other parents, any history of alcohol/drug abuse or domestic violence by either parent, or the child’s own preference (if the child is mature enough to express a reasoned preference).
If the circumstances under which a custody order was issued have changed, either parent can petition the court to modify a custody arrangement. Parents can petition the court to modify various aspects of custody, including altering the legal custody arrangement, switching primary physical custody between parents, shrinking or enlarging visitation and parenting time, or allowing the parent of primary physical custody to relocate with a child subject to a custody order. As with all custody orders, the court will only modify a child custody arrangement if it is in the child’s best interests.