Child Custody and Support

Children are the most profoundly affected parties to a divorce. They often pose difficult questions that even their parents have a hard time answering. While it is never easy to move on emotionally after a divorce, we can help you secure solid financial footing for you and your children with as little disruption as possible to their lifestyles and daily routines.

The experienced child custody attorneys at Raffaele Puppio can help you with all facets of the custody and child support equation in Delaware County, such as custody arrangements, partial custody rights, and financial support. While mutual agreement is the preferred route for resolving custody related disputes, we understand that courtroom action is sometimes necessary, and we are prepared to take that step to ensure the best possible outcome for your family. In every case, the well-being of the children involved is our highest priority.

Child custody arrangements and support obligations are ongoing issues that can persist well after a divorce is finalized. Changes in circumstances, such as a parent’s move or change in financial status – or, more seriously, lack of compliance by one of the parents with a court ordered custody arrangement or support obligation – can adversely affect children and families for years these arrangements. We will help guide you through these issues so that you and your children can experience peace of mind during what is often the most difficult time in their lives.

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From The Blog

  • Exclusive Possession of the Family Home in Delaware County, PA

    May 30, 2018

    During a pending divorce matter, the court has the power to award to a party the right to exclusively reside in the marital residence, otherwise known as “exclusive possession.” To be awarded exclusive possession of a residence the party must file a Petition for Exclusive Possession with the court. Unless both parties agree that that... Read More...

  • When You Can’t Be There in Person

    May 3, 2018

    Separation and divorce will change family lifestyles in a variety of ways, most profoundly in the amount of time spent with children. With the high rate of divorce, it is common for children to live apart from at least one parent, sometimes far away. Virtual parenting offers a partial solution to the problem of long-distance... Read More...

  • How to Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell

    January 24, 2018

    Thinking of creating even more havoc in your already contentious divorce in Delaware County? Then focusing on your own emotional destruction and playing games are sure to do the trick. Published by the American Bar Association, “Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell” is a worthwhile tongue-in-cheek read if you are in the process... Read More...

  • Marital Settlement Negotiations

    November 17, 2017

    During a divorce, your family law attorney is the advocate for your objectives. Divorce proceedings or child custody disputes can be especially emotional and challenging for the people involved, and it is imperative that family law attorneys have the skills to prepare their clients for the toughest negotiations. The American Bar Association published Planning for Settlement... Read More...

  • Divorce and Financial Considerations

    August 10, 2017

    The thought of divorce can trigger fear of the unknown and concerns about your future and the future of your family members. There are many questions to be answered, and all are related in some way to financial considerations involving the equitable distribution of marital assets including retirement savings, possible alimony, child support, attorney’s fees... Read More...

  • Dealing with Trusts in Divorce Cases in Delaware County

    May 18, 2017

    Trusts are a unique vehicle available to estate planning attorneys to accomplish a multitude of goals. They tend to be the longest and most complex of all estate planning documents. For even the most experienced family law attorney in Delaware County, ascertaining why a trust was set up in a certain way by the original... Read More...

  • A Snapshot of the Financial Considerations in a Divorce

    December 8, 2016

    Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 1, (Summer 2014) p. 4-7. © 2014 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the... Read More...

  • New Types of Protection Orders Available in Pennsylvania

    November 23, 2016

    Most attorneys are aware of the protections available to clients through Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, but new alternative protective orders expand the protections offered to victims of sexual violence and intimidation in Pennsylvania. The protections afforded under the PFA Act are conditioned upon the victim being a spouse/former spouse, a parent of a child... Read More...

  • Estate Planning Tips During a Divorce

    October 14, 2016

    For most, a divorce is a foreign, complex and highly emotional process. Once a party has decided to divorce or has been served with a divorce complaint, the issues that take the forefront are the ones which affect a party’s everyday life – how will expenses be paid, where will each party live, how often... Read More...

  • Understanding the Financial Ramifications of Divorce

    September 15, 2016

    While money can be a significant source of stress in a marriage, that stress and discord can be multiplied exponentially during a divorce. Understanding – or at least asking the right questions about – the financial aspects of divorce is important even before divorce proceedings begin. Ensuring that your finances are stable and that the... Read More...