Children come first at our family law practice
At The Law Offices of Gregory P. LaMonaca, P.C., we care about you and your children. We want to ensure the well-being of your children under the authority of the law. Our family law firm will work with you to negotiate fair child custody arrangements and ensure that your children are not affected by your legal separation.
Other family legal matters concerning child custody and support cases include:
- • Grandparents’ Rights
- • Fathers’ Rights
- • Parental Kidnapping
- • Relocation
- • Hague Convention Cases
Our attorneys seek to serve the best interests of our clients and their children. Every situation is different and we are sensitive to that fact. For example, some people do not think of the long term ramifications in child custody disputes. You may need to address things like the cost of private school, trust funds, future college tuitions, current extracurricular activities, and transportation for teenage children. Have you discussed these things with your ex-spouse? The more you both can agree on as parents, through your attorneys, the better off things will be during the transition for your children.
The Courts weigh the following factors when making determinations of what is in the Best Interest of the Children:
(1) Which party is more likely to encourage and permit frequent and continuing
contact between the child and another party.
(2) The present and past abuse committed by a party or member of the party’s
household, whether there is a continued risk of harm to the child or an abused
party and which party can better provide adequate physical safeguards and
supervision of the child.
(3) The parental duties performed by each party on behalf of the child.
(4) The need for stability and continuity in the child’s education, family life and
(5) The availability of extended family.
(6) The child’s sibling relationships.
(7) The well-reasoned preference of the child, based on the child’s maturity and
(8) The attempts of a parent to turn the child against the other parent, except in
cases of domestic violence where reasonable safety measures are necessary to
protect the child from harm.
(9) Which party is more likely to maintain a loving, stable, consistent and
nurturing relationship with the child adequate for the child’s emotional needs.
(10) Which party is more likely to attend to the daily physical, emotional,
developmental, educational and special needs of the child.
(11) The proximity of the residences of the parties.
(12) Each party’s availability to care for the child or ability to make appropriate
(13) The level of conflict between the parties and the willingness and ability of
the parties to cooperate with one another. A party’s effort to protect a child from
abuse by another party is not evidence of unwillingness or inability to cooperate
with that party.
(14) The history of drug or alcohol abuse of a party or member of a party’s
(15) The mental and physical condition of a party or member of a party’s
(16) Any other relevant factor.
Our team of attorneys works tirelessly with our clients to create the best possible analysis and presentation of the factors listed above to place the client in the best position to attain the custodial arrangement that truly is in the “Best Interests of the Child(ren).”
Contact our helpful and knowledgeable child custody attorneys in Media, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, and other Counties throughout the State of Pennsylvania today.