Custody & Support

Child Custody and Support Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Protect your children, finances and your future

It’s natural for emotions to run high through divorce and to have ill feelings towards your ex-spouse for years after the divorce. Unfortunately, too often children become part of the legal process of divorce. Having an experienced child custody lawyer on your side ensures someone is protecting you and your family's best interest.

It is important to protect children from divorce so that they can continue to thrive and grow, even if their parents are no longer together. Angela Forlenza Stevens can help you with both physical and legal child custody.

Physical vs. Legal custody

Physical custody refers to the actual physical possession of a child. It is where the child lives. Physical custody can be primarily with one parent who will have the right to assume physical custody of the child for a majority of the time. Physical custody can be shared between parents and the child's time is divided between the two households. If primary physical custody is established in one parent the other parent has a right to partial physical custody or a right to physical custody of the child for less than the majority of time. Legal custody relates to a parent's right to make major decisions in a child's life. These decisions are typically related to education, religion and medical treatment. Legal custody can be either sole or shared.

Child Support

Pennsylvania has strict guidelines for establishing child support payments, which are based on the incomes of both parents. An experienced Wilkes-Barre family law attorney can help you figure out how much child support your children should be getting. If your spouse is not paying as expected, we fight to get your children the money they are entitled to. If your circumstances have changed, we can help you request an adjustment in child support payments so that your children do not have to suffer.

Individuals divorce their spouses, but they don't divorce their children. It is important to have an experienced family attorney by your side to ensure that your children get what they are entitled to and that your ex doesn't try to take advantage of you. We are well-versed in child support laws, in calculating payments and will make sure that your children's rights are protected. Do not be afraid to go to court to get your children what they need and deserve.

Child custody or support problem? We can solve it.

Angela F. Stevens, Attorney at Law is a full-service law firm with offices serving the Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and all of the Wyoming Valley including Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming and surrounding cities. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and evenings and weekends by appointment. Feel free to call us toll free at 1-844-PA-SOLVE (1-844-727-6583), 570-718-4900 or contact us online to tell us about how we can help with your questions regarding child custody or child support in Pennsylvania.