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Shared/Split Custody

Working Together To Raise Your Child

In Pennsylvania, court standards vary county by county with regards to equally shared legal and physical child custody. In general, the favored approach by most judges is to award some form of shared custody unless there are serious concerns about the well being of the children in this kind of arrangement.

If you are interested in establishing a shared custody arrangement in your divorce, you may wonder why it is necessary to hire an attorney. Even in a relatively amicable situation, it is very possible to make mistakes that can damage your position or lead to a potentially costly and emotionally upsetting dispute in the future.

As in many other legal matters, the role of your lawyer in establishing a shared custody arrangement is to see to it that important details are addressed and that each party’s roles and responsibilities are well-defined and set down in the divorce order. In our experience, any ambiguity can give rise to future difficulties, no matter how harmonious things seem at the moment.

At the Sweeney Law Offices, we help clients in the Pittsburgh area and throughout western Pennsylvania establish fair and workable child custody arrangements that protect their rights and serve the best interests of their children. Contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.

Is Shared Custody Right for You?

In most cases, judges and child psychologists agree: The best custody arrangement is one in which the child has frequent contact and nurturing relationships with both parents. Whether this translates to a 70/30, 60/40 or 50/50 share of custody is a matter to be resolved through negotiation, mediation, collaboration or — if all else fails — litigation.

If, however, you have grave concerns about the safety and well being of your child in a shared custody arrangement, it may be necessary to fight for sole custody or to terminate the other parent’s visitation rights. Should this be the case, the team at the Sweeney Law Offices is prepared to fight at your side.

Contact Us Today

To discuss how an experienced attorney at the Sweeney Law Offices can protect your rights and your child’s best interests in custody proceedings in western Pennsylvania, contact us today. Our main office is located 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. We offer free parking for your convenience. Major credit cards are accepted.

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