Joint Custody Providing Legal Support for You and Your Family

Joint Custody Lawyer in Philadelphia

Child custody and parenting plan agreements are created based on the “best interests of the child” standard. This standard takes into account many statutory factors, but also is based upon the belief that it is in the best interests of every child to spend time with both parents. At the Law Office of Smith & Horwitz, our Philadelphia joint custody lawyers have extensive experience creating joint custody, or shared custody, arrangements for parents throughout the area.

Contact us at (215) 515-8464 to learn how we can put our experience to work for you.

Offering Solid Representation During Your Custody Case

Upon divorce or separation, parents must enter child custody and parenting time arrangements to ensure a civilized and manageable schedule that is in the best interests of their children. Pennsylvania courts are more likely to award joint custody to parents who shared equally in the raising of the child daily, as well as those parents who are willing to put aside their differences for the benefits of their children.

Joint custody arrangements can include joint physical custody and/or joint legal custody. Physical custody relates to where the child lives. Legal custody relates to the decision-making processes that must occur throughout the child’s life, including schooling, medical care and religion. When joint physical custody is not awarded, often primary physical custody will be given to one parent while the other will be awarded a liberal amount of parenting time.

Allegations of Abuse Can Limit Your Chances at Joint Custody

There are instances when joint custody will not be awarded. These instances include allegations or proof of domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse or alcohol abuse. If you fear that your child’s other parent may attempt to use false allegations to gain more time with your child, reach out to one of our experienced family law attorneys today.

Protecting the Rights & Interests of Clients Throughout Their Joint Custody Case

For more than 35 years, we have kept up to date with all changes in custody and visitation legislation and have put our experience and knowledge to use for numerous clients in creating original joint custody orders or seeking child custody modifications.

Contact our family law firm today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can help you.

Our Testimonials

We Pride Ourselves on Client Satisfaction
  • “Elaine handled my case since 2007 through 2009. She did excellent job. I just came back to consult her on different issue.”

    - Former Client
  • “I can’t say enough positive things about Adam Horwitz. I’ve been on the receiving end of child support and custody issues for ever 10 years now, so I’ve worked with numerous lawyers.”

    - Former Client
  • “Adam was polite, always responsive, and handled my matter quickly. He explained everything to me ensuring I understood what to expect in the process.”

    - Former Client
  • “I had Adam represent me as my attorney and his expertise in this field showed. He helped me go through a messy custody battle and the results of what was best for the well being of my child.”

    - Lanei Burke
  • “I have nothing but praise for Adam Horwitz, who represented my side in the custody litigation process.”

    - Alex B.
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Contact Us Today

Our family law firm represents clients in family litigation throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.  Contact the Law Office of Smith & Horwitz to learn more about how we can help you in your local county.

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