Custody Lawyer West Chester, PA

Custody Lawyer West Chester, PA

Thank you for visiting LaMonaca Law – where child custody issues become resolved!  Our legal team serves families in West Chester, PA as well as families who must deal with custody situations out-of-state and in other countries.  When you place your faith in our firm, you are in the best possible hands when it comes to this, often, contentious issue.  


The thought of facing a custody situation can feel very unsettling and, even, scary if former spouses are at odds regarding what each one desires.  We, fully, understand and appreciate the many strong emotions that can surface during this trying time – be assured, we get it!


At LaMonaca Law, each custody case is unique, and each case is treated with a personalized approach.  We adhere to what most parents want for their children:  an outcome that is in their best interest.  With decades of seasoned experience in this arena, our custody lawyers are highly-familiar with every scenario, imaginable.  


We take on cases other legal firms will not or cannot address such as uniting children who were abducted by estranged parents and, illegally, transported overseas.  Our track record of success reflects our effective and compelling courses of action.  


Some child-custody determinations change due to 1) a parent’s deteriorating mental and/or physical health 2) a parent’s lifestyle that could be detrimental to the child 3) a child’s preference, if the child is above a certain age, and an array of other factors.    


You want a custody lawyer who will, successfully, guide you on the measures you can take to strengthen your position with your custody situation.  You want a custody lawyer who can, also, provide insight on what missteps to avoid that may jeopardize your parental rights.

Our Custody Lawyers – A Crème de la Crème Team 

As challenging as it might be, parents can rise above contentious and argumentative feelings related to  child-custody hearings.  In some cases, when two parents clash, court proceedings become necessary.  Our custody lawyers will offer you sound advice on how to avoid a court proceeding. 


There are a variety of child-custody situations – from primary physical custody, partial physical custody, and supervised visitations to sole legal custody, joint legal custody, and litigating relocation issues – the legal scenarios are diverse and complex.  For this reason, being represented by a seasoned custody lawyer is, absolutely, critical!


If both parents cannot offer an acceptable parenting agreement for the court to adopt, the court would issue its own controlling order to resolve the matter.  Our custody lawyers will be by your side, every step of the way! 

Our Custody Lawyers Possess Vast Knowledge

Our custody lawyers provide strategies that are compelling and comprehensive for our West Chester, PA clients.  We cover a plethora of practice areas.


Child Custody – Oftentimes, parents will, unwittingly, fumble or bumble court orders.  As a result,  unintended consequences can ensue.  It is imperative you consult with our custody lawyers to discuss your circumstances – we’re here to listen!


Third-Party Custody – Sadly, some biological parents are not the best choice for a child’s welfare.  In these cases, grandparents, other family members, or foster families will be chosen to uphold the welfare of the children.


If you are a family member and wish to assume the care of a grandchild, niece, or nephew, contact our team, right away!


Relocation – One parent may be relocating to another part of the state or out-of-state due to a job change or other circumstance.  If you oppose a relocation by the other parent, our custody lawyers can help prevent your child(ren) from moving away.  We can assist you in obtaining an order awarding you custody in Pennsylvania rather than allowing the other parent to receive custody outside of the Commonwealth.


We can, also, provide legal intervention if you are the parent who would be relocating!  Our custody lawyers may obtain a leave-of-court if the non-relocating parent were to dispute the move of the children. 


Parental Kidnapping – Parental kidnapping is extremely serious, and time is of prime concern.  Our custody lawyers would take immediate action with notifying authorities, without delay.  We would move forward, through the court, on an emergency basis.


Hague Convention Cases – When a parent moves under the radar and manages to leave the country with children in tow, and violates a court order, the International Hague Convention may come into play.  We have, successfully, litigated Hague cases in many countries and have reunited parents with their children on US soil.  


Hague Convention cases require intense logistical collaboration and coordination with the US Department of State, the US Embassy, and foreign entities.  Our success stories are nothing short of astounding.  As mentioned, we take on cases other law firms do not, or cannot, handle.


Custodial Time – Are you being denied legal contact with your child(ren)?  Has your estranged partner moved out of state without having modified the custody agreement?  Are you finding yourself wondering what to do since no custody-agreement rules exist in your situation?  LaMonaca Law will make sure your custody and visitation needs are handled expeditiously and thoroughly.


Grandparents’ Rights – Sometimes grandparents will seek legal custody or visitation rights concerning their grandchildren.  If they have reason to suspect abuse or negligence or if the grandchild has lived with the grandparents for an extended period of time, grandparents can seek legal care-taking positions.


Child Welfare – Are you separated from your child due to intervention by child-protective or child-welfare services and believe the separation is unwarranted?  If so, we will investigate any possible unjustified accusations.  Call our legal team for help!


Support – If you have legal custody of your child(ren), you want as much monetary support, as necessary.  This could include alimony, spousal support, and child support.  Our custody lawyers will make sure your lifestyle with your child(ren) remains as normal, as possible, by making sure you receive the financial assistance you are entitled to.  


“New” Child Custody Law – The Court must now show, on the record, the reasons it indicates the child-custody orders that it does.  The Court must address each of the custody factors, one by one, and indicate how it arrives at any decisions.  Parents gain a clearer understanding of why any judge might declare an order, one way or the other.  


At LaMonaca Law, we equip our clients to provide information consistent with the sixteen custody factors – contact our team for more information concerning this.  Our custody lawyers remain powerful advocates for our West Chester, PA clientele.  At LaMonaca Law, we are on your side! 

Our Accomplishments = Your Success

Mr. LaMonaca has received various awards and distinctions, including the following:


  • Named “Top Lawyer” fourteen times in Main Line Today magazine for “Divorce” and/or “Custody” (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006 and 2004)
  • Named “Awesome/Top Attorney” (Ranked #1) for Family Law and Divorce in Suburban Life Magazine (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010)  
  • Raised to AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubble – 2017.  AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence in, both, legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Recognized by Daily Times Best Lawyers for ‘Family Law’ (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
  • Recognized among “Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Pennsylvania” by The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Named “Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine
  • Received a 10 out of 10 Ranking Score on
  • Mr. LaMonaca holds memberships in the American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Divisions and other organizations.

Our Free eBook Will Empower You

Our complimentary eBook, The Pennsylvania Divorce, Custody & Financial Survival Guide, is available on our website.  May this valuable information enlighten, inspire, and empower you.  Your love, support, strength and positivity can help your child(ren) develop resiliency and confidence, in spite of these very difficult circumstances.  

Contact LaMonaca Law, Right Now! 

If your estranged spouse has a powerful custody lawyer on his or her side, shouldn’t you have the same?  Our West Chester, PA patrons can connect with our legal team in various ways: 


  • Call 484-440-9226 or 484-440-9284 for, immediate, attention.
  • Visit to schedule a consultation.  Click and respond to the Schedule Consultation tab on our website.  We will reply, promptly!
  • Initiate a Live Chat with a member of our team.
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Going Beyond Client Expectations for More Than 20 Years

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