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Aggressive Criminal Defense in Bucks County, and the Philadelphia area

Divorce and Property Settlement

Protect yourself and your assets in Divorce

Pennsylvania has structured their Divorce and Property Settlement laws to ensure that both parties receive a fair and equitable Divorce and Division of the Marital Assets. Pennsylvania now recognizes no fault and consentual Divorce. It has become increasingly important to recover your fair portion of the marital estate. At the Law Offices of Niels C Eriksen Jr, we fight for everything that our clients are entitled to in any Property Settlement Matter. We use experts to find and evaluate every marital asset, hire investigators to uncover hidden and secret assets of a party, and fight that our clients receive Maximum recovery of their portion of the marital estate.

Child Custody

Know your Rights, and Know the Custody Factors

In 2011, Pennsylvania changed their Child Custody Laws to incorporate 15 child custody factors that the Court must consider when determining custody. Courts must analyze every case toward the best interest of the Child, but the following Custody Factors must be considered (23 Pa.C.S.A. 5328):

  1. Which party is more likely to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact between the child and another party;
  2. The present and past abuse committed by a party, whether there is a continued risk of harm to the child or an abused party, and which party can better provide adequate physical safeguards and supervision of the child;
  3. The parental duties performed by each party on behalf of the child;
  4. The need for stability and continuity in the child's education, family life, and community life;
  5. The availability of extended family;
  6. The child's sibling relationships;
  7. The well reasoned preference of the child, based on the child's maturity and judgment;
  8. The attempts of a parent to turn the child against the other parent, except when necessary to protect the child from harm;
  9. Which party is more likely to maintain a loving, stable, consistent and nurturing relationship with the child adequate for the child's emotional needs;
  10. Which party is more likely to attend to the daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational, and special needs of the child;
  11. The proximity of the residences of the parties;
  12. Each party's availability to care for the child or ability to make appropriate child-care arrangements;
  13. The level of conflict between the parties and the willingness and ability of the parties to cooperate with one another;
  14. The history of drug and alcohol abuse of a party or member of a party's household;
  15. The mental and physical condition of a party or member of a party's household;
  16. Any other relevant factor.

The new child custody factors have had an incredible impact on Court's awarding custody. The Court MUST apply each factor to your custody case, detail each factor it considered, and explain the reasoning behind each factor in any award of custody.

If you are preparing for a child custody dispute, familiarize yourself with these factors, and contact our firm immediately (215) 750-8010

Bucks County Custody Lawyer

Fighting for your Rights in Custody

At the Law Offices of Niels C Eriksen Jr, our firm is unique by applying our 15 years of Criminal Defense and Trial Litigation experience and adapting it to the Family Law Court. We are available to handle all of your Custody, Divorce, Child Support, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Spousal Support, and Property Settlement actions.

Custody and Divorce cases are highly emotional which require an experienced attorney who will promptly address your concerns and answer your questions. Our firm takes pride in our customer service and personal attention to your family law matters.

Aggressive Representation / Experienced Trial Attorney   (215) 750-8010