What to Expect in Divorce
Divorce can be a time of uncertainty and pain, but it doesn’t have to be. At Smith Law, we will guide you through every aspect of the divorce process, representing you through complex property division proceedings, negotiation of alimony issues, and questions of relocation. Divorce is a part of life, but you shouldn’t have to face it without an experienced and compassionate attorney in your corner.
Child Custody in Pennsylvania
With children, the stakes are even higher. This is one of the most urgent and deeply emotional matters to resolve in family cases. Here at Smith Law, we can give you valuable guidance in protecting your parental rights and the best interests of your children in custody and visitation matters. Judges in Pennsylvania determine child custody by taking the best interests of the child into account. A number of factors are taken into consideration, including:
- Physical and psychological needs of the child
- The geographic proximity of the parents’ homes
- Any history of child abuse or domestic violence
- Past conduct of the parties involved
Every family situation is different, and many unique factors and considerations may come into play. One of these factors is a child’s own custodial preference. In Pennsylvania, the child’s own wishes are taken into consideration in child custody cases, as long as those wishes are expressed with mature judgment and intelligent reasoning.
Keeping Your Case Out Of Court
Most matters in family law are resolved through out-of-court settlements rather than courtroom litigation. Reaching a settlement has many advantages over going to trial, the most prominent being it gives you greater control over the outcomes. You have a say in the final divorce and custody agreements as opposed to letting a judge decide everything. However, it is not easy to negotiate these issues on your own.
When you partner with us, we will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to meet your legal and financial goals for the short term and the long term. We will protect the best interests of your children, defend your rights, and work to put you in a favorable position as you move on to better times and put the past behind you.