Being involved with a child custody or divorce case can be one of the most difficult times of your life. Our child custody attorney understands this and makes it his goal to treat every client individually, as every case is different. As a parent himself, Attorney Gearty brings a sense of compassion when helping another parent through a child custody case or divorce action.
Attorney Gearty is a child custody attorney who handles all aspects of the child custody process. Our first goal always is to obtain a settlement, but this is not always possible. When settlement can’t be reached, Attorney Gearty will aggressively present your case to the Court.
The way you decide to handle your child custody or visitation issues could have an impact on you, your child, and your family for many years to come.
You need to have an attorney involved with your case early in the process.
Attorney Gearty can help you decide whether to file a complaint for custody or negotiate an agreement with the other parent and have that agreement filed in Court.
There are two primary types of child custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody is the right to have the child and legal custody is the right to make decisions regarding the child. When filing a custody action, you could ask for primary or partial physical custody and may ask that legal custody be shared.
In addition to helping parents with their family law needs, Attorney Gearty also handles grandparents rights cases. In PA, grandparents have standing to sue for custody or visitation in a number of different situations.
It is also worthy to note that in 2011, PA passed a new custody statute. This new law provides more guidance in determining the best interests of the child. Court’s are now required to state on the record the reason for their decision. There are also some new rules regarding what to do when a parent plans to relocate with the child.