Pennsylvania Child Custody Modification Rules and Procedures

By Caroline Thompson Cordell & Cordell Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer A Pennsylvania child custody modification request is not unusual after a divorce is final and circumstances have changed, such as a party’s relocation to another state or problems relating to the proper care of his minor children. In Pennsylvania, family law courts will utilize the “best interest” of the child analysis when determining if a child custody order should be modified. Under the law, a custody determination must be made based on the best interests of the child. The Pennsylvania Statute, section 5328, sets forth factors the court must consider in the Read more

Pennsylvania Child Custody Factors

By Anna Ciardi Cordell & Cordell Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer Pennsylvania’s child custody laws were overhauled in 2011, though a custody decision is still generally based upon the best interests of the child. However, the new law lays out 15 factors to be considered when awarding custody, in addition to any other relevant factor, for a total of 16 factors that must be considered by the courts when awarding custody. Clearly, this Pennsylvania custody statute is open to a broad interpretation, and for this reason, nearly anything and everything can be relevant in a custody litigation.