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Child Custody Laws in PA

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Posted: Thu. Jul 20
Child custody laws in Pennsylvania fall under two specific categories: physical custody and legal custody.

Physical custody is defined as the direct physical control over the child and the child’s daily activities.

Legal custody refers to the right of the parent to make major decisions for the child in areas such as medical decisions, religious pursuits, education and residency.

In Pennsylvania, parents can be granted 4 main types of physical custody: shared, primary, partial and visitation.

In many families, the physical and legal custody of minor children is equally shared between the parents. This arrangement allows parents custody for equal time throughout the year, and is called “shared custody.”

Primary and partial physical custody normally go together. In this arrangement, one parent retains custody for the majority of time throughout a calendar year, while the other parent takes physical care of the child for a lesser percentage of time.

The parent receiving less parenting time with the child is usually referred to as the non-custodial parent, who has partial custody.

Visitation can be sought or ordered when one of the parents cannot take contiguous care of their child. Visitation arrangements can be either supervised or unsupervised physical custody of the child.

Both parents are naturally and equally entitled to make major decisions for the children, barring a custody order that states otherwise. If parents cannot agree on a major decision regarding the children, they can look to the courts to settle the dispute for them.

Custody Lawyers With Offices in Pittsburgh & Ebensburg
If you need help modifying an existing child custody order in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Westmoreland, or Cambria County; Or if you need to obtain a child custody order, please contact our attorneys for a confidential and free consultation.

Tibbott & Richardson
1040 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 444-7171
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