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Child Custody

Assisting clients with child and joint custody cases

When a child is involved in a divorce settlement, the custody situation can vary greatly depending on the remaining relationship between parents. Ideally, child custody is agreed upon and abided by both parties in an effort to do what is best for the child. However, legal wrangling, family history, and personal developments can affect the outcome of a custody hearing. A judge can award either sole or joint custody depending on what appears to be the best situation for the child.

How Can We Help ?

Gary A. Michak is committed to advocating for arrangements that are in the best interests of the children and preserve the relationships that they have with both parents. Many times, this requires innovating strategies, particularly if the parents are at odds regarding the custody of the children. Gary A. Michak experienced in custody matters and prepared to fight for creative arrangements that will protect the child's best interests.

Child custody is dual-faceted in that it encompasses both the physical and legal custody of the child. Physical custody is where the child resides while legal custody entails the decision-making process for the parents, including the right to decide education preferences, religious practices, medical treatments and activity involvement. Both of these aspects must be considered during child custody proceedings.

Call Gary A. Michak at 570-255-5500 to arrange a free initial consultation.

Moving With My Child - Custody Relocation And Modifications

In many cases, the details of a custody agreement may need to be updated as the years progress and circumstances change for the parents and children. This will require the existing agreement to be modified in court by filing motions for modifications. One of the most common circumstances requiring modification is the relocation of a parent. If one parent moves from the designated area, resulting in him or her not being able to honor the custody or visitation requirements of the agreement, Gary A. Michak can assist in filing for a modification and new arrangements to be made.

It is critical that you have an attorney assist in this process. Any mistakes can result in the child being ordered back to the original area.

Child Support

Child support and family support payments are generally paid on a weekly/monthly basis and continue on until the youngest child reaches age 18.

Child support is the money one spouse must pay to the spouse with physical custody to assist with things such as school costs and everyday needs. In the 1980s, federal laws were passed ordering states to establish guidelines for determining the base amount of child support. These laws came into effect due to beliefs that child support payments were too low and the wide variation in ordered payments for similar circumstances caused confusion and complaints.

Today, Pennsylvania calculates the final amount using a complex algebraic equation factoring in things such as parent income and number of children. Most family law attorneys have software to assist in computing the guideline amount. The formulas are based on studies estimating the normal costs for a family to raise children. However, due to the unique situation of each case, it is often difficult to predict an amount with absolute certainty.

Payment guidelines attempt to approximate how much a parent would have theoretically spent on a child if the divorce had never taken place. The final number is determined after courts plug their estimates into the guideline formula. The guidelines apply equally to children born to married parents and to children born out of wedlock. For more information about our services as Wilkes-Barre childs support lawyers, and a Kingston child support attorney please give us a call today at 570-255-5500.

Gary A. Michak can help you through this difficult time. He is committed to helping individuals with the transition and ensuring they have a fair and equitable resolution, while looking out for the best interests of the children. Call us at (570) 255-5500.

When dealing with a divorce process, problems may arise, such as child custody and child visitation rights. Having a Kingston child custody lawyer that knows the law as well as Michak will help you to reach your end goal faster. Fighting over child custody and child visitation can be exhausting and you shouldn't have to fight alone. Getting a Wilkes Barre child visitation attorney can help you to prepare for any disagreements that may arise in the court room. When considering the children's wellbeing it is always important to have an experience Dallas PA child custody lawyer to make sure you receive the best for your family. Michak Law has years of experience in divorce settlements and arranging agreements between spouses for child visitation. The right Kingston child visitation attorney is here to help you today.

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