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Child Custody

The Effect Of Divorce On Children

Child custody cases can be especially emotionally difficult to navigate due to what is at stake. When children are involved, their feelings and best interests are what is most important. In fact, Pennsylvania family law courts are statutorily required to determine the best interests of the child when ordering any form of child custody.

Decisions about custody, and the effect on your children, could be life-lasting. Equally critical is ensuring that your children’s financial future is secure, and that each parent is contributing fairly.

Our Montgomery County, PA family law firm will guide you through the child custody process with skill, energy, and compassion. Our law firm also accepts child custody matters in Bucks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties. Learn more about firm founder Inna Materese.

Related Client Review: “Our family retained Inna Materese for custodial related issues. Inna is awesome, our family is grateful to have her! Inna is always prepared, very knowledgeable, professional and reliable. Inna fights for her clients and gets results. You can trust in her to do what is right. She always has our family’s best interest at heart. Inna is very responsive and addresses issues as they arise. She takes the time to explain things in detail and provides confidence. She is the attorney you want in your corner!” Lawrence W. (June 2021)

Child Custody Litigation After Divorce

Co-parenting during and after a divorce or separation is not for the faint of heart. No matter whether your divorce was friendly or difficult, raising children between two different households can be challenging. Even following the terms of your Pennsylvania child custody order can be hard when life just evolves and naturally gets in the way.

While it is always advisable to settle child custody disagreements amicably and without court involvement, in some instances, court involvement and litigation are necessary. Our Montgomery County family law firm focuses exclusively on divorce, support and custody matters. We accept cases beyond Montgomery County, including Bucks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties. Contact our firm to schedule our initial consultation.

Prevent Child Custody Disagreements & Litigation

Want to make your co-parenting relationship better and potentially prevent future child custody disagreements? Here are a few examples of toxic parenting behavior that increase the likelihood of litigating a child custody matter.

  • Arguing at custodial exchanges: Put yourself in the shoes of your child. It is already difficult to move between households for kids. Add to that any awkwardness, stress, or even outward conflict between the parents and the custody exchange becomes an unbearable burden for your child. Leave adult topics and arguments for times when your child is not viewing and hearing them, if you can’t avoid them altogether.
  • Reneging on agreed-upon arrangements: From time to time, all co-parents must temporarily adjust their custody arrangements for unforeseen circumstances. Illnesses, special family events, unforeseen work obligations, and other circumstances sometimes require parents to come to alternate arrangements. Reneging on those agreed-upon arrangements when one or both co-parents are frustrated with each other ignites a greater conflict and fracture in your co-parenting relationship.
  • Badmouthing the other parent to your child: Feeling the need to vent about difficult circumstances in your co-parenting relationship is natural. That said, your child should not be the shoulder you lean on. Placing your child in the middle of these adult conflicts and badmouthing their other parent to them can create psychological distress, difficulty in not only their relationship with the other parent but their relationship with you, and ultimately will be detrimental to your own custody case.

Montgomery County, PA Custody Law Firm – We Focus Exclusively on Family & Divorce Law

At Materese Famly Law, we know there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the custody of your kids. Your kids need a solution based on their needs. We are diligent in our pursuit of the best custody outcome for your children. Custody matters may include establishment, modification, and enforcement of custody orders; relocation, Grandparents/Third Party rights and legal custody issues.

Through any custody legal matter, Materese Family Law provides a comprehensive, thoughtful, and deliberate approach to reaching resolution. Contact us to discuss your case.

Our Montgomery County Family Law Firm accepts clients across the county, including: Ambler, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Fort Washington, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Lansdale, Oreland, Plymouth Meeting, Willow Grove, as well as the Main Line: Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Merion, Narberth.

Pennsylvania Family & Divorce Law

Our Montgomery County family law firm handles family law matters across the county including: Ambler, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Fort Washington, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Lansdale, Oreland, Plymouth Meeting, Willow Grove, as well as the Main Line areas of Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Merion, and Narberth. Clients also accepted in Bucks County, Chester County, and Philadelphia. 

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