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CHILD CUSTODY

Every situation is different, but an experienced family law attorney can help find the elusive solutions to custody conflicts. We handle all child custody matters.

CHILD SUPPORT

The Family Courts apply the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount of support payable to the custodial parent.  Our Attorneys can assure that fair payments are made.

DIVORCE

Divorce is both an emotional separation and a financial division. Separating your marital partnership from the legal partnership is a difficult task with many complicated considerations.  Trust our attorneys to protect your interests.

GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS

Grandparents can request physical or legal custody of a child if they already have legal status that allows them to act as the child’s parent (this is called in loco parentis) or under specified other circumstances.

TRUSTS & ESTATES

Our Family Law Attorneys are here to help you protect your assets and help you to assure that your property passes onto the family in a quick and efficient matter.

Grandparents' Custody Rights

Every family is unique, and every child is precious. Grandparents who are actively present in their grandchildren’s lives know this better than anyone. Some grandchildren may even live with a grandparent for various reasons. For example, sometimes a grandparent takes over when the child’s parent must be absent for a reason beyond their control, such as illness, military deployment, incarceration, or death. In other families, a temporary babysitting arrangement may have grown into full-time residence.

 

In some cases parents may welcome a grandparent's custody request and in other cases grandparents may be forced to take legal action to obtain custody or visitation with their grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When grandparents may file for custody in Easton, Allentown & Bethlehem

Grandparents can request physical or legal custody of a child if they already have legal status that allows them to act as the child’s parent (this is called in loco parentis) or under specified other circumstances. These circumstances are that the grandparent-child relationship began with a parent’s consent or under a court order, the grandparent is willing to assume responsibility for the child, and one of the following conditions exists:

 

1. The child is a dependent child,

2. The child is substantially at risk due to parental abuse, neglect, drug or alcohol abuse or incapacity, or

3. The child has resided with the grandparent for at least 12 consecutive months, excluding brief temporary absences of the child from the home, and is removed from the home by the parents, in which case the grandparents’ action must be filed within six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When grandparents may file for visitation

Grandparents may also request partial physical custody or supervised physical custody if the parent of the child has died, the parents have either been separated for at least six months or filed for divorce, or the child has lived with the grandparent for at least 12 months. Under these limited circumstances, the court will decide a grandparent’s right to custody based on the amount of personal contact between the child and grandparent, whether custody to the grandparent would interfere with any parent-child relationship, and again, the best interest of the child.

 

Lehigh Valley County Family Law Attorney Protecting Your Parental Rights And Your Child's Best Interests

Every situation is different, but an experienced family law attorney can help find the elusive solutions to custody conflicts. We handle all child custody matters and have helped clients in Easton, Allentown and Bethlehem.  Contact us for a free consultation today.

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ALIMONY & SUPPORT

Spousal Support and Alimony orders are issued to assure a reasonable living allowance for the party requiring support.  Our Family Law Attorneys are here to help you throughout your case.

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Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
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Spitale, Vargo, Madsen & Blair is a Lehigh Valley Law Firm.  We provide legal representation to the cities of Allentown, Belvidere, Bethlehem, Easton, Flemington, Jim Thorpe, Phillipsburg & Stroudsburg.  Our Lehigh Valley Attorneys practice in front of the Carbon County Court, Hunterdon County Court, Lehigh County Court, Monroe County Court, Northampton County Court and Warren County Court.  Our Lehigh Valley Attorneys operate out of our Easton, Pennsylvania Law Office.  Legal Disclaimer, Legal Resources

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