Family Law – Custody, Support, & Adoption
Nothing is more important than your children. And nothing is more important for your children than ensuring they are able to live in a stable environment that suits their best interest. If you find yourself in a custody dispute, in need of help with a child support matter or if you’re looking to adopt a child, let the experienced attorneys at Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC assist you. We are committed to working to ensure nothing but the best situation possible for your children and will leave no stone unturned in the process.
Both parents are responsible to contribute to the support of their minor child(ren) to the extent of their earning capacities and financial resources. Pennsylvania child support payments are largely determined by state child support guidelines that take into account (among other factors) the income of each parent and the number of nights per year that the child(ren) will be spending with each parent. Child support is a priority obligation, and a parent is expected to meet this obligation by adjusting his or her other expenses. A parent’s duty to support his or her child(ren) continues until the child reaches eighteen years of age or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. A parent may be required to support an adult child who is incapable of self-support due to a physical or mental disability. A parent is not required to contribute to a child’s college education expenses unless he or she has contractually obligated himself or herself to do so.
When the situation requires adjustments from state guidelines, we pursue child support agreements that respond to needs of the family. We prepare agreements that take into consideration educational expenses, quality health care, clothing, and special needs for children.
Child support agreements tend to change throughout the years as the material circumstances of the parents change. The attorneys at Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC, can assist you with negotiating and drafting child support agreements and modifications and representing you at Domestic Relations conferences and appeal hearings.
We recognize that going through a custody process can be a difficult and emotional experience for everyone involved. Our veteran family law attorneys can help to guide you through this traumatic process with dignity, sensitivity, and respect. While we are committed to establishing and protecting our client’s rights, we will also focus on preserving and stabilizing relationships with children and family. Our legal team has extensive experience and expertise in handling custody issues including:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Legal Guardianship
- Grandparents’ Rights
Our attorneys firmly believe that attempting to resolve child custody disputes out of court is always the best place to start. However, if no such resolution is possible, we are prepared to represent you through the trial process.
Adoption is the official transfer through the court system of all of the parental rights that a biological parent has to a child, along with an assumption by the adopting parents of all of the parental rights of the biological parents that are being terminated and are assumed in their entirety by the adoptive parents, including the responsibility for the care and supervision of the child, its nurturing and training, its physical and emotional health, and its financial support.
When an individual marries a person who has a child from a previous marriage or relationship, that person becomes a step-parent. However, the step-parent is not the legal parent of the child. If the step-parent wants to become the legal parent of the child, he or she must adopt the child. The attorneys at Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC, can assist a step-parent who would like to formalize their custodial relationship with a legal adoption. The formal adoption of a step-child has many legal benefits, as well as providing the emotional satisfaction that comes from the formal establishment of a permanent, legal bond between a step-parent and child. Frequently, step-parent adoptions occur with the consent of both biological parents. Sometimes the process can be simple, straightforward, and uncomplicated, but other times, a step-parent adoption requires intense litigation and even an involuntary termination of parental rights through the Pennsylvania court system