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Pittsburgh Child Custody Attorney Robert Galbraith

Child custody attorney Robert Galbraith has successfully and compassionately counseled clients in child custody matters. Child custody issues may arise when two married parents decide to divorce. Attorney Robert Galbraith will analyze your case and assist you in achieving the best path custody arrangement for your children. In many cases, it is the goal of divorcing parents and attorney Galbraith to arrive at child sharing agreement with the hope that custody issues not be litigated.

In cases where paternity is contested, or unmarried parents wish to enforce visitation rights, child custody attorney Robert Galbraith will pursue the same results oriented approach with to arrive at a child custody arrangement that takes the least amount of emotional toll on the children as possible.

Child Custody in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, Courts will consider any of sixteen factors identified by state statute to make

custody decisions that they believe will be in the best interest of the child.

Some of the statutory factors a judge will consider are:

Which party is more likely to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact between the child and the other party; present and past abuse committed by a party or a member of the party’s household; the parental duties performed by each other on behalf of the child; the need for stability and continuity in the child’s education; and which party is more likely to maintain a loving, stable, consistent and nurturing relationship with the child adequate for the child’s emotional needs.

While there may be a perception that mothers are favored in child custody cases, old presumptions no longer apply. The law requires a Judge to be gender neutral when considering custody cases.

Once a custody award is made, it may take one of seven forms, taking into account the concepts of physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody involves issues such as where the child resides and when visitation is permitted. Legal custody is different than physical custody and involves the legal right to make parental decisions about the child.

To learn more, call 724-304-4604 and arrange to meet Robert Galbraith at his North Hills office in Wexford. Robert will also travel to the South Hills or the Monroeville area to meet with clients as well. You may also contact the Pennsylvania law firm via E-mail.