When a family court decides who is going to get custody of a child, they consider a variety of factors. The first is parenting ability, meaning how well each parent is able to satisfy the physical and emotional needs of their children. Next, courts try to maintain as consistent of an environment routine for the child as possible. They also factor in safety and the child's age. Accounting for these factors is commonly known in courts in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country as the child's best interest standard.
As a parent going through a divorce, you may have questions about what will happen in the future regarding your relationship with your children. This is particularly true if you won't be living with your children.