If you are facing a difficult custody issue, turn to an attorney you can trust to have your best interests in mind at the law firm of Mobilio Law. We understand that a conflict in visitation and custody can be extremely distressing and affect all aspects of your life, and we offer a compassionate but aggressive approach to solving those conflicts. We represent every client wholeheartedly to find the best solutions for their problems.
In child custody and visitation matters, the best interests of the children are paramount. You love your children and want what is best for them. Whatever your custody/visitation needs and wants are, Mobilio Law will fight tirelessly to make sure they are met.
There are many factors the Courts consider when making primary or partial physical and legal custody or visitation determinations. That is why it is so important to be fully prepared for your custody conference or trial. Mobilio Law will take the time to make sure you know what factors are most important to the Courts and will aggressively pursue the custody or visitation you and your children deserve.
“I enlisted Matthews services for a child custody case and couldn’t be happier with my experience! Matthew is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney who genuinely seems to care about helping his clients, which is so important in sensitive cases such as these. His prices are very reasonable, especially when factoring in his flexibility- he was able to meet with us in the evenings at our home, allowing us to not have to take time away from work in order to meet with him. All of these things made the entire process much less stressful and much more convenient than I believe it would have been had we gone with another attorney, as I spoke with others before hiring him and nobody could offer the same flexibility and affordability as Matthew could. I went into court feeling very prepared and confident, and walked away satisfied with the results. I highly recommend Mobilio Law to anyone needing a family law attorney.”
Contact Mobilio Law today online or by telephone at (610) 882-4000 to speak to Attorney Mobilio about your custody/visitation matter. We serve all of Eastern Pennsylvania including the Lehigh Valley, as well as the counties of Bucks, Carbon, Monroe, Montgomery, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Delaware and Philadelphia!
LEGAL CUSTODY v. PHYSICAL CUSTODY
When the word “custody” is used most people think of the physical supervision of children. Pennsylvania Law actually differentiates between two types of custody: Legal and physical custody.
Legal custody concerns the decision making process relative to medical, religious and educational issues. For instance, which family doctor will treat the child, whether or not they will receive vaccinations, what school they will go to and what religious denomination, if any, they will be raised as. The right to legal custody is generally either shared by the parents or vested in one parent only. If legal custody is shared, the parents will need to consult with one another before making any major life decisions for the child. If legal custody is sole as to one parent, they can make all of the major decisions without consulting the other parent. It is relatively uncommon for only one parent to have legal custody except in cases where the other parent is incapacitated to some degree.
Physical custody is what most of us think of when we hear the term “custody”. It concerns which parent will have what amount of time with the child. Physical custody can be broken down into four categories: Primary Physical Custody, Shared Physical Custody, Partial Physical Custody and Visitation. If a party has primary physical custody, they enjoy a majority of overnight visits with the children in a given year. Shared physical custody means the parties have equal amounts of overnight visits. Partial physical custody means a party has less than one-half of overnight visits and visitation refers to periods of time that one parents spends with the child that does not include an overnight stay. For instance, visitation may include a “dinner visit”, a period of visitation where one parent picks up the child from the other parent’s home for a period of a few hours and then returns the child to the other parent. These types of visits do not count toward a determination as to who has primary and who has partial physical custody.
If one parent has primary physical custody, the other parent would be deemed to have partial physical custody. The parent having partial physical custody may also have periods of visitation.
If you have questions about legal and physical custody contact Mobilio Law today for a free consultation.