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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Child Custody

When a couple separates, the most important decisions they will make revolve around their children. At the Law Office of John M. Schaffranek, I strive to represent not only your best interests but also the best interests of your child. Since passing the bar in 2013, I have helped families from all walks of life throughout Pennsylvania. When you need experienced yet compassionate legal advice, look no further.

For your convenience, I have answered some commonly asked questions below. After reading through the answers, call my office in Wexford at 412-643-3848 to schedule a consultation today.

What is the difference between joint custody and sole custody?

Joint custody is when both parents have shared contact with their child. Whether it be splitting time between both homes or just having a set visitation schedule, it aims to have both parents involved. Sole custody, on the other hand, is when one parent has physical and legal custody. It is rare for this to happen, but a judge will grant it in situations where the child is better off.

When does child support become necessary?

It all depends on the specifics of your case. The goal is to make sure each parent contributes financially to the well-being of their child. The biggest factor is determining what the difference is between both party’s incomes. For example, say one parent earned far less than the other. The parent who earns more will likely have to pay the lesser earning parent child support so that their child is taken care of. I can answer all of your child support-related questions.

Do I need to go to court?

No. It is always possible to come up with a child custody agreement outside of court. In many cases, this is best. It allows you to agree to specific circumstances that work best for everyone involved. That being said, it involves compromise. When that is not possible, going in front of a judge becomes necessary. Regardless of where your case goes, I will always advocate for what my client wants.