West Chester Child Custody Attorney
Child custody is often one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce to resolve. Providing for the best interests and welfare of the child is the top priority in the eyes of the court, and Pennsylvania law recognizes the importance of a meaningful relationship between a child and both of his or her parents following a divorce. Be sure that you have a qualified West Chester child custody lawyer with the ability to protect your parental rights.
At the Law Office Therese L. Money, LLC, we provide skillful representation to clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania in all aspects of child custody and visitation matters. Our founding attorney, Therese L. "Terry" Money, Esq., has been successful in these cases, taking a collaborative approach to developing parenting plans that both parents can support.
Developing Comprehensive Physical And Legal Custody Arrangements
In every case, physical and legal custody will need to be determined. Physical custody refers to where the child lives and which parent is responsible for getting the child to and from school or extracurricular activities. Legal custody refers to each parent’s authority to make decisions on the child’s behalf regarding schooling, religious upbringing and other important matters. Wherever possible, the preferred custody arrangement by the courts is for both parents to have joint physical and legal custody of the child or children.
We work hard to help divorcing couples reach agreement on all custody-related issues. Those who cannot agree may be required to attend mediation. If disputes cannot be resolved through mediation, you will likely be required to attend custody conciliation. We will be there to represent you at custody conciliation and present your case to the custody master, who will issue a recommended order regarding custody of your children. If you have any concerns with the recommended order, we can help you file an exception. In the end, however, the court will make the final decision if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement.
As you can see, it is much more advantageous for spouses to reach their own agreement regarding child custody. If they are not able to do so, their parental rights and future relationships with their children become much less certain.
Contact Attorney Terry Money About Your Child Custody Concerns
We are committed to obtaining a custody arrangement that serves your children’s best interests and welfare and protects your parental rights. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Terry about your case. We are available by phone at 484-266-0481 or via email.