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How Is Child Custody Decided in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

Posted By Cairns Law Offices || 24-Jun-2014

In each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, there are different rules that govern family law, though all family judges will strive to find the "best interests of the child" in coming to a determination about child custody. This requires the court to factor in any history of substance abuse on a parent's part, each parent's ability to provide for the child, the child's relationships to other relatives, and so much more. Naturally, no family would want a judge to come to a rash decision, but the reality is that waiting on a judge to make orders on child custody could mean a long, unfair process.

There are many reasons why you may not want a judge to decide child custody, which include:

  • Courts are often severely backlogged, meaning months of delays
  • A lengthy process means extensive legal fees
  • The major decisions about your child's future are out of your hands

The good news is that you don't have to go through the trial process to determine significant matters such as child custody and visitation. In an uncontested divorce, you and the other parent can reach an agreement between yourselves. Not only could this save you months of time and thousands of dollars, but you are likely far better equipped to make the right choices for your children than a judge who has precious little time to go over your case.

Learn more about uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania!

There is no getting around the fact that a divorce can be painful and stressful, but there still is a way to get a swift and cheap divorce, one that fully protects your rights and has you quickly on your way to a new chapter in life. You can get the affordable guidance of an experienced divorce attorney in Pennsylvania when you call Cairns Law Offices today!