Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Custody Rights Attorneys
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Our PA Child Custody and Visitation Law Attorneys in PA Handle child custody and visitation cases involving mothers and fathers (parents), grandparents, stepparents, and non-traditional couples (gay and lesbian matters. We also handle relocation matters where one parent is looking to leave the state or region. Our Pittsburgh lawyers practice in a wide geographica area throughout Western Pennsylvania, including Beaver County, Washington County and Allegheny County, such as Shadyside, East Liberty, Monroeville, Bellevue, Avalon, Fox Chapel, McKeesport, Carnegie, East Liberty, Carson Street, Dormont, the North Side, South Side, and the surrounding areas. Let us help you through the process of ordering psychological evaluations, attending conferences, concilliations, and trial in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) and the surrounding counties. We also help step-parents get visitation rights through a concept called in loco parentis, which allows a stepparent to have custody or visitation under certain circumstances. We also handle interstate issues that come up through UCCJEA. We work to resolve disputes, given that you will need to cooperate on certain things over the long run, even if the agreement does not give you (or the other party) everything that is wanted and sought. We can explain to you the difference between "custody" and "visitation," and the difference between "legal custody" and "physical custody." Our Pittsburght custody lawyers make sure you understand the process and that your rights are fully protected during a custody fight (if needed) or by working for the best possible resolution of the case through agreement. You should make a good faith effort to resolve your custody matter through an agreement. If that fails, we will help you plan for court. In many counties, the same judge will follow your case for years into the future and, thus, you need to establish your credibility early on.

Absent an order, the other parent may take the child virtually anywhere in the world with or without your permission. You may will be powerless to stop it. We will also initiate proceedings for the return of your child to his or her home jurisdiction if the other parent has take the child or is threating to remove the child from the home state. As always, our attorneys will negotiate with the litigant or lawyer on the other side of the case to bring about the most reasonable resolution for you and your family concerning a custody claim by a parent, grandparent, or stepparent. We handle these issues throughout Allegheny County (including Pittsburgh), Beaver valley area, and Washington Counties. Call us today and speak with experienced family law attorneys on this matter! We can explain to you the basis for standing for a grandparent or other family member and we will represent you at custody conferences, hearings, and trials.

We also attend custody conferences and proceedings before hearing officers and judges and/or custody trials in Allegheny and the Beaver Valley area. Our experienced lawyers can also handle your appeals to a judicial determination of custody. We negotiate with other lawyer involved in the case (if there is one) to resolve the matter most efficiently. Our attorneys always try to negotiate with the other lawyer or lawyers involved in the case. Call us to speak with experienced family law attorneys on this matter.

Outside of Pittsburgh PA and Allegheny County? No Problem. Our Pennsylvania lawyers handle case in Beaver, Butler, and Washington Counties. In Beaver County, we handle matters in Aliquippa, Beaver Falls, Ambridge, Baden, Beaver, Big Beaver, Bridgewater, Conway, Darlington, East Rochester, Eastvale, Economy, Ellwood City, Fallston, Frankfort Springs, Freedom, Georgetown, Glasgow, Homewood, Hookstown, Industry, Koppel, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, New Galilee, Ohioville, Patterson, Heights, Rochester, Shippingport, South Heights, West Mayfield, Townships, Brighton Township, Erie, Center Township, Chippewa, Township, Darlington Township, Daugherty Township, Franklin Township, Greene Township, Hanover Township, Harmony Township, Hopewell Township, Independence Township, Marion Township, New Sewickley Township, North Sewickley Township, Patterson, Township, Potter Township, Pulaski Township, Raccoon Township, Rochester Township, South Beaver Township, and Vanport Township; Washington County, Pennsylvania: Allenport, Burgettstown, Canonsburg, Donora, East Washington, McDonald, Donegal Township, Hanover Township, Hopewell Township, Independence Township, North Strabane Township, Nottingham Township. Our Pittsburgh attorneys handle claims for total custody, partial custody and/or visitation only filed in Pennsylvania and also interstate claims. We file emergency petitions to get an order to give you some protection.

Our Pittsburgh PA Attorneys litigate claims for child custody or visitation (grandparent, parent, father, mother, step parent, interstate), dependency hearings, buse), and we look forward to bring your child custody matter to an efficient and reasonable resolution. In fact, your Pittsburgh lawyer should look for an early resolution of all calims involving custody and visitation. We take into account the number of over nights, medical coverage available, tax consequences for the payor and payee parent, and whether payments will come out of one's pay checks (through the PACSES system) or whether the the payer will write a check each month.
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Fighting For You.
Our experienced Pittsburgh PA lawyers handle claims for full custody, partial custody, and modifications of an existing order throughout Western PA. We work hard to protect our clients' rights.

Finding Solutions.
Our Pittsburgh PA family law lawyers know that all parties to a custody dispute typically benefit from reaching an amicable agreement at some point, but we are willing to fight when necessary.

Protecting Your Rights.
It is important to prevent the opposing party from defining you in the eyes of the court. You only get one chance to make a first impression with the judge or hearing officer. In many counties, the same judge will follow your case for years into the future and, thus, you need to establish your credibility early on.

The Claims We Handle.
We handle claims by parents, step-parents (in loco parentis), grandparent claims, and other actions, such as the involvement by CYF or CYS.

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Dad's Rights
Relocation, modification, full
and partial
We handle claims for third party custody
Areas of Law
Divorce, Support, Custody in
Mom's Rights
We represent mothers seeking custody
Violation of
a custody or
support order
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