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CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION

As a mother and grandmother, Attorney Mehaffie understands dsc_0158-edit-editthe importance of protecting and preserving the parent-child relationship. She also understands that sometimes it is necessary for  relatives and other third parties to step up and help with parenting responsibilities when the natural parent is unable to do so.

We represent parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other third party caregivers in all aspects of  child custody and visitation matters.

Courts must consider the best interests of the child when making a custody determination. There are 16 statutory factors that courts must consider when deciding a custody case but no one factor is outcome determinative.

We work with you to help you reach the best result in your individual custody case. In some cases, parents and caregivers are able to reach custody agreements with our guidance. We offer mediation services to help parents work out the terms of a custody agreement. We are also trained in collaborative law, which is an alternative dispute resolution method that focuses on the interests of the parents, caregivers and children while staying out of court.

If litigation is necessary, we are prepared to aggressively advocate for the best result possible using our knowledge, experience and understanding of sensitive issues that arise in child custody cases.

We take the time to get to know you, all the relevant facts of the case, and your family. We ask important questions and focus on gathering all the relevant information necessary to advance your position. We frequently work with  child custody evaluators, therapists, and experts to help you achieve child centered results.

We also help parents and caregivers design parenting plans that are flexible enough to meet the child's needs yet structured so that parties clearly  understand their rights and duties.

For a private meeting to discuss your case please contact the Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie by calling (717) 790-2403.