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Attentive To Parents And Children In Child Custody Cases

For many parents, child custody is one of the most stressful legal issues of their lives. However, getting accurate information and legal advice can help you protect your parental rights.

The family law attorneys at Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP work with parents facing child custody and visitation disputes throughout Pennsylvania. We will work closely with you to preserve the bond that you have with your child. We have over 25 years of experience in custody proceedings, from special master conferences to the County Courts and even Appellate Courts. We know the special masters and the judges, which provides us insight into what factors are most important in each case.

How We Can Protect Your Parental Rights

When parents divorce or separate, the Court determines child custody and visitation rights according to a variety of factors, such as:

  • The level of caregiving that each parent provides or is likely to provide
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The child’s relationship with other family members, including stepsiblings or grandparents
  • The presence of danger in a parent’s home, whether it involves abuse, neglect or substance issues
  • The child’s preferences, when appropriate
  • Whether parents are willing to cooperate to provide stability and safety for their child

Ultimately, the best interest of the child is the main element of child custody cases. The Court does not favor parents based on gender or income.

Therefore, we can help you argue that joint or sole custody would be in the interests of your child. Every case is unique, and our attorneys will customize a strategy to fit your family’s individual situation.

Modifications, Relocation And Other Issues

Children grow up, and parents’ lifestyles can shift. When your or your child’s life changes, the custody arrangement might no longer serve the original purpose. Modification hearings can be held based on changes in circumstances.

We can help you seek a modification for changes involving relocation or a new danger in the other home. Once again, this process will involve persuading the Court that the change will best serve the interests of the child. Our lawyers know what the Courts value most in these cases, and we can represent you along the way. Relocations have a particular set of procedures that must be followed and a set of factors that the special master and the judge must consider. At Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP, we have experience in these matters. Let us use our experience to your benefit.

Explore Your Options With A Lawyer

For more than 40 years, Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP has helped parents protect their children in family law cases. For an evaluation of your child custody case, email us or call 570-245-6720 or 877-829-8987. We can meet with you at our offices in Bloomsburg and Sunbury.