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Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws

Determining child custody is one of the most contentious, emotionally difficult apects of divorce when children are involved. Judges in Pennsylvania (as in other states) must consider a child's own wishes (in addition to each parent) when making a ruling. Ohio child custody laws adhere to the Uniform Child Custody Act, and also allow joint custody and recognize grandparent visitation rights.

Some of the basics of Pennsyvlania child custody laws are listed below. See FindLaw's Child Custody section to learn more.

Code Section Tit. 23 §5301
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1980
Joint Custody an Option? Yes, Tit. 23 §5304 "Shared"
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, Tit. 23 §§5311, 5303, 5312, 5313
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Pennsylvania family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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