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Child Custody

Child custody is a very common issue in divorce cases in Pennsylvania and that is just a true for Philadelphia, Warminster, Doylestown or Southampton as it is in any other place in the state. Often, usually in the initial consultation, our client will tell us that the parties have come to an agreement for the best interest of the child(ren). Unfortunately, that isn’t always how it turns out, especially when it comes time to work out the actual “details” about where the child(ren) will live and what decisions of the parents should be made for the child(ren). The reason is that even with the best of intentions, there are many instances where the parents have different child rearing ideas, or even whether or not what the other parent wants is thought of as a good thing. In fact, the Court standard is “best interest of the child,” but many times a parent’s idea of what is “best” for the child means “what is best for me, because I’m right and the other side is wrong.” When that happens, whether it’s in Bucks County, Philadelphia, or another County, a divorce case that might not be very complicated becomes contested because “the custody tail wags the divorce dog.” Attorney Brownstein, brings to custody cases more than 30 years of experience to the legal issues and even more time than that in helping people make the right decisions for the parents and the children in a non-confrontational way when possible.

A dispute over child custody can often be a long and draining process. To ease the tension n and ensure that your child’s best interests are always at the forefront, The Law Office of Paul Brownstein will provide sound guidance and reliable legal representation to you and your family.

When it comes to custody, everyone wants the same thing: what’s best for the child(ren). Very often people think that requires demonizing the other parent. while it is sometimes true that one parent is absolutely harmful to the child(ren), usually the issue is seen by the courts as a matter of difference of opinion and it is neither usual nor expected to prove that the other side is somehow “bad.” More important is to show why the child(ren)would be better off with one parent than the other. That often involves obtaining professional custody evaluations and interviews with the child(ren). When it comes to difficult issues like child(ren) alienation, the desire for one parent to relocate, or change schools and claims of abuse, it is vital that you have the best advice of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.