What Situations Call for Sole Legal Custody?

Child custody is often the most emotionally charged part of a divorce, and for a good reason. Judges’ child-custody decrees can either give parents time with their kids or strip away their legal rights to interact with their children. However, a judge must have a valid reason to take away a parents’ legal custody rights. In this post, a Clarks Summit divorce attorney will examine the possible reasons a judge will take away legal custody rights.

Why Pennsylvania Judges Take Away Custody Rights

There are several reasons why Pennsylvania judges take away the legal custody rights of parents. In most cases, parents lose legal custody due to a history or ongoing problem with domestic violence in the home. If a parent has been arrested for child abuse, a judge may take away the parent’s right to legal custody over the child during divorce proceedings.

It’s important to note that parents can lose their legal custody rights due to past convictions of child abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

While domestic abuse is the number one reason parents lose legal custody of their children, there are other reasons.

Other reasons parents lose custody of their children include:

  • Alcohol abuse;
  • Drug abuse;
  • Child abduction charges;
  • Abandonment.

Need a Child Custody Attorney?

If you or a loved one is facing a child custody scenario, you’ll want experienced representation on your side. The O’Malley Law Office attorneys have decades of experience helping clients fight for the custody of their children in a court of law. Get the representation you need, contact O’Malley Law Office today!

Call (570) 391-0866 now for a free consultation of your child custody case!

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