Spivak Law Firm | Pittsburgh, PA

Based in Pittsburgh, PA

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Butler County Custody Lawyer

Pennsylvania Child Custody Lawyers

Question: My ex has filed a child custody action against me. What should I do?

Answer: You should speak to an experienced child custody attorney. At Spivak Law Firm, we provide strong, compassionate representation in all child custody matters. We carefully explain the process, describe your options, and propose legal strategies based on your goals and the unique facts of your case. We are skilled negotiators and experienced trial lawyers who fight for you to achieve the best possible outcome.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced child custody attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Parental Alienation Signs

Parental alienation occurs when one parent psychologically manipulates the child, causing the child to withdraw from the other parent.

Some common symptoms of parental alienation include, but are not limited to:

  • Your child refuses to have contact with you;
  • Your child is hostile toward you without logical reason (no history of abuse);
  • Your child is hostile toward your extended family; and
  • Your child expresses only negative feelings toward you, but never toward the other parent.

Spivak Law Firm handles all areas of family law, including: divorce, child custody, child support, and PFA hearings. To speak with an experienced family law attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Child Custody and Emotional Abuse

Ending a physically or emotionally abusive relationship doesn’t always end the abuse, especially when children are involved. You still have to see your ex-spouse to arrange for custody exchanges, holidays, etc.

If your ex-spouse continues to engage in controlling or manipulative behavior, consider limiting your communications to text or email. This can both reduce the level of conflict between the two of you, and allow you to document evidence of your ex’s inability to work together.

To speak with an experienced child custody attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Follow Your Custody Order

If you have a custody order, follow it. Pennsylvania courts determine custody by looking to the best interests of the children, which is based upon 16 factors. One of the factors asks which parent is more likely to permit and continue frequent contact between the children and the other parent.

If you do not abide by the terms of the existing order, you may be adversely affecting your case. You may also subject yourself to contempt proceedings, which can involve fines and even jail time. Unless you have safety concerns for your children, you should abide by the terms of your custody order.

Spivak Law Firm handles all family law matters, including: divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and PFAs. To schedule a consultation, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

5 Child Custody Don’ts

If your child exhibits temper tantrums, you may believe that they are not capable of feeling complex emotions. But children are more perceptive than you may realize. They are able to pick up on your emotions and the things that you say, so it is imperative to filter what is said to them and in front of them.

To avoid upsetting your children, here are five things you should not do during a divorce or custody dispute:

  • Do not directly or indirectly encourage your children to choose between you and your ex-spouse;
  • Do not speak ill of your ex-spouse in front of the children;
  • Do not prevent your children from spending time with your ex-spouse;
  • Do not ask your children to pass messages to your ex-spouse;
  • Do not disclose details of your legal matters to the children.

Spivak Law Firm handles all family law matters, including: divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and PFAs. To schedule a consultation, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Child Custody: Nesting

Divorce is a difficult process and the children of divorced parents often find themselves caught up in a situation over which they have little control.

They also have to contend with the idea that their everyday lives will change, whether that is not seeing one of their parents on a daily basis or moving to a different house or location.

Nesting is a new idea in the arena of child-custody arrangements. The children stay in the home while the parents are the ones who leave and return. This allows the children to stay in the home and provides the children with a feeling of permanence. This sense of routine can be helpful to the children at a time of change and turbulence.

Spivak Law Firm handles all areas of family law, including: child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support, and Protection From Abuse (PFA). To speak with an experienced child-custody attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Penalties for Failing to Appear in Court

If you’ve been sued for child custody, you must attend all scheduled court appearances. The following are potential consequences for failing to appear:

  • The court may hold you in contempt for violation of a court order;
  • The court may dismiss your case;
  • The court may rule in favor of the other party.

Custody litigation is often time-consuming and stressful. Spivak Law Firm understands that many parents have busy work schedules that do not allow them to appear in court. There are some court appearances that your attorney may be able to attend on your behalf.

Spivak Law Firm handles all family law matters, including: divorce, child custody child support, spousal support, and PFAs. To schedule a consultation, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Is Your Ex Always Late At Custody Exchanges

Is your ex routinely late for custody exchanges? Does it affect your own plans with the children? Does it make your blood boil and spark arguments?

Well, there may be an easy fix to solve the problem.

For instance, instead of meeting halfway, you might seek a custody order that requires the person coming into custody to provide all the transportation. Or, if the problem persists, you could seek a court order stating that a parent with more than ten minutes late to an exchange forfeits custody time.

Spivak Law Firm handles all child custody matters, including: trials, conciliations, motions, relocation hearings, and drafting orders specially tailored to your family. Call us today at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

4 Co-Parenting Tips

If you have children and are getting a divorce, you will most likely need to work with the other parent on custody decisions. While this can be difficult, there are some steps you can take to make the process easier.

Here are 4 tips for co-parenting:

  • Put your children first. Make decisions that are in your children’s best interests.
  • Keep communication lines open. Good communication can avoid misunderstandings and keep your children from getting caught in the middle.
  • Make documents accessible. Creating a shared document or file that both parents can access can help you quickly share all of the essential information about your children.
  • Hire an experienced family-law attorney. Legal professionals familiar with child-custody issues are essential to ensuring a smooth co-parenting plan.

Spivak Law Firm handles all areas of family law, including: child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support, and Protection From Abuse (PFA). To speak with an experienced child custody attorney, call Spivak Law Firm as (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

Child Custody and Child Support

When an ex falls behind on child support, some parents use it as an opportunity to refuse visitation. But, parents who refuse visitation when their ex owes child support may be held in contempt of court for violating the terms of the custody agreement.

It is important to understand that child support is not a fee that one parent pays to get access to the child. Rather, it is intended to prevent the child from being deprived of one parent’s income if that parent isn’t living with the child.

If you want to change the child-custody schedule, we recommend consulting an experienced family-law attorney.

At Spivak Law Firm, we aim to minimize the emotional and financial costs of child-custody litigation. To discuss the custody arrangement that best fits your family’s needs, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.