Legal Custody

Legal custody is basically a parent's right to act, or to prevent action, on behalf of a minor child or a dependent. Essentially, legal custody includes the right to see school records, participate in parent-teacher conferences and help decide whether the child will go to a certain school district or to a private school. Moreover, legal custody also encompasses the right to access medical information, as well as participate in any decision making concerning everything from orthodontia to surgeries to day-to-day treatment of a child.

At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about legal custody. From our offices in Wyomissing and Lancaster, we serve clients in Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania.

How Is Legal Custody Determined In Pennsylvania?

In the counties in which we practice, the customary default position for the Masters is to award joint legal custody. That does not mean that either parent has the right to veto the other parent's decision. It simply means that both parents have input into the decision-making on a day-to-day basis regarding the child's medical status, schooling, etc. In the event that a parent is incarcerated or on the verge of being deployed to a military zone, very often we find those situations lend themselves well to a sole legal custody award.

Our lawyers normally address legal custody when we discuss issues of physical custody. While most families focus more on physical custody (where children will live), legal custody is also very important for access to a child's medical records, input into day-to-day decisions with regard to the child, education decisions, religious upbringing and other reasons.

Contact Our Berks County Child Custody Lawyers

To learn more about joint and sole legal child custody, turn to the experienced family law attorneys at Rowe Law Offices, P.C. Call 610-816-0935 (Berks County), 717-345-3208 (Lancaster County), 570-362-6837 (Schuylkill County) or 866-232-1913, or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.