Divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences of any parent's life. Apart from the other hurtful concerns in a divorce, healthy parents worry about what is best for their child. These parents attempt to stay on neutral or friendly ground. If they must discuss contentious subjects, they move heated arguments to an attorney's office. The last thing they want is to involve a child in traumatic divorce negotiations.
If a divorced couple can't reach an agreement, courts in Pennsylvania determine who gets custody of a child based on the "best interests" standard. The judge has the responsibility of determining what will best suit the child's needs. There are a few factors that are taken into consideration when determining the child's best interests.
Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a Berks County man who was charged with several misdemeanor criminal offenses, most notably Simple Assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2701(a)(1), and False Imprisonment, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2903(a). Our client was a father, hard-working member of the community, who had no prior criminal record. He was extremely distraught over the fact that these charges were filed against him, and he was very worried about how it could impact his job and ability to earn a living.