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Why is Co-Parenting Important?

When deciding matters of custody the court will consider all factors to determine the best and safest situation for the child. The number one factor, as outlined in our previous blog post 16 Best Interest Custody Factors, is "which party is more likely to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact between the child and another party."

16 Best Interest Custody Factors

Custody refers to the "legal right to keep, control, guard, care for and preserve a child". In all types of custody matters (shared physical, primary physical, partial physical, supervised physical, shared legal, and sole legal), the court will consider all relevant factors to determine which situation would be the safest for the child. These 16 factors include:

Prompt Custody Cases

According to Rule 1915.4(b), Prompt Disposition of Custody Cases, within 180 days of the filing of the complaint for custody, the court will automatically enter an order scheduling a trial before a judge. In counties where this procedure is not automatic, a party must file a praecipe, motion, or a request for trial. If the court in your county is not in the practice of automatically scheduling, and neither party files a praecipe, motion, or a request for trial within 180 days of the original filing, the court (or a motion of a party) will dismiss the case. However, sometimes the judge will grant extensions, at their discretion, or will decide it is not in the best interest of the child to dismiss the case. Either way, the extension will not last longer than 60 days after the initial 180 days.

Types of Custody 101

Under Pennsylvania Law, the court may award any of the following types of custody over a minor child to parents and or third parties with standing if it is in the best interest* of the minor child.

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