When Experience Matters, Parents Choose Banks Law Group!
Custody can be very serious, scary, confusing, and costly. Custody is one of the toughest times emotionally and financially people experience. Whether it is amicable or miserable, there are many issues that need to be addressed. Often these issues exacerbate the intense emotional burdens associated with a Custody action. Determining “what’s in the best interest of the child” is often times complicated, however; there are options.
There are many variations of options and outcomes when dealing with a Custody action. All depend on the facts of your case. At Banks Law, we fully understand the legal problems facing our clients and the options available for a positive outcome.
Do not hesitate and wait, take control of your legal situation. Allow Banks Law to assist you every step of the way. Contact Attorney Matthew B. Banks directly at 844-815-9632 to evaluate your options.
Types of Custody
In Pennsylvania, we recognize two types of custody; Legal and Physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make the major decisions (medical, religious, educational, etc.) that affect the child’s best interest. Physical custody consists of the possession and physical control of the child. Shared legal custody is when the parents share the rights and responsibilities of rearing the child.
To determine custody the court or conference officer will examine a few factors in determine what is in the best interest of the child. The court may look at the fitness of each parent, characteristics of the proposed home, preference of the child (depending on age), and any intent to relocate.
When addressing the fitness of the parent, all factors are relevant. This includes: morality; substance abuse; criminal record; mental disorders; evidence of neglect and abuse; and promoting contact between the parties. Similarly, when addressing the proposed home, all characteristics may be relevant. This may include: all individuals residing in the home and their behavior; conditions of the home; living space for the child; and the safety of the child.
Modifying Custody Orders
If there is a custody order in place, a parent may petition the court and request a change or modification of that order. To obtain a modification, you must show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances; however, if modifying the custody order is in the best interest of the child, then there is no need to establish a substantial change in circumstances. Again, the main focus of the court will be on what is in the best interest of the child.
Why are good people choosing Banks Law for their Child Custody Needs?
At Banks Law, we fully understand that each case presents a unique set of facts, problems, and options for resolution. From the outset, Banks Law commits itself to providing each client with a thorough understanding of the case before them by answering every question and exploring all available options. We achieve this goal by personally dedicating ourselves to an in depth, hands-on approach that has a proven track record of positive results. Here is what some of our recent clients have said about us:
“My name is Chris and I am a Father of 3 beautiful children. After their mother and I split, she took the children to PA. Her family is wealthy and paid for her legal fees and used the system to delay me getting joint custody of the children. Attorney Banks was able to help me secure my right to joint legal custody. He and his wonderful staff are extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with and made me feel like my case was the Banks Team top priority. Attorney Banks was also very skillful in the courtroom. I strongly recommend him to anyone in need of [family] lawyer and especially a person who has family law needs. I have worked with many attorneys in the past and he is simply THE BEST EVER!” C.S.
“I was going through a long divorce with another attorney who I felt was not on my side. I was told by a friend to speak to Matt Banks so I did. He consulted me and explained every detail to me. Matt advised me in all the right ways. He really had my best interest and turned things around in a timely fashion getting me results that were above and beyond my expectations! He guided me to a successful end of a bad situation. I highly recommend him and can say he is an Outstanding lawyer! Top in his field.” C.A.
“The most reliable person I have ever met, as an attorney and a friend. Unfortunately when I needed a lawyer at one of the worst times of my life, I was extremely lucky to meet Matt. He explained everything to me in a way I could understand. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered every question I had. I would recommend him to anyone e I know. If I ever need his services again, there is no question, I would consult him again and again.” M.N.
“You Want This Guy On Your Side! Matt has now helped me out a couple of times, and each time has been very successful. He is always extremely honest and informative, and was able to get me to learn to relax. When Matt tells you that he will take care of something, you can trust that he will do so quickly and effectively. If you need a professional lawyer that you can count on, Mr. Banks is certainly the man you want!” N.B.
“Mr. Banks was very helpful and full of knowledge on winning custody for us. He knew what points to hit on in court and was a success. He is very professional and even took the time on the weekends to return our calls texts or emails. He told us step by step how it would all go down in court and exactly what we needed to do on our part. He hit the nail on the head! Thanks for everything!” R.H.
At Banks Law, you will always come first. Contact us Today for your free consultation and case evaluation. 844-815-9632