We can help you define
your child’s best interest.
For child custody, the legal standards in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as in most jurisdictions, is the “best interest of the child.” Of course, if that were clear and easy to ascertain, there would be no disputes. But the best interests of children are often clouded by the emotions of a separation, divorce or new relationship, by mental health and substance abuse problems, by abuse or by ordinary differences of opinion, culture and religion.
Child custody disputes are the most heart wrenching of all family law matters.
We have experience in handling routine child custody disputes as well as more complex issues, such as:
- relocation to another county, state or country;
- child abduction domestically and internationally, including federal cases involving the Hague Treaty on International Child Abduction;
- legal custody disputes regarding religious upbringing, medical or educational choices;
- the ability of people other than biological parents, (i.e., grandparents, stepparents, partners, unrelated caregivers, etc.) to pursue some form of custody of a child; and
- emergency circumstances involving issues such as mental health concerns, substance abuse and child abuse.