Child Custody in Pennsylvania
It is Pennsylvania public policy, when in the best interest of the child, to assure a reasonable and continuing contact of the child(ren) with both parents after a separation or dissolution of marriage and the sharing of the rights and responsibilities of child rearing by both parents and continuing contact of the child(ren) with grandparents when a parent is deceased, divorced or separated.
In making an order for custody, partial custody or visitation, the court shall consider the following factors:
- The preference of the child(ren) as well as any other factor which legitimately impacts the child(ren)’s physical, intellectual and emotional well-being;
- Which parent is more likely to encourage, permit and allow frequent and continuing contact and physical access between the noncustodial parent and the child;
- Each parent and adult household member’s present and past violent or abusive conduct;
- Specific criminal convictions;
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