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Child Custody Attorneys in Harrisburg

Effectively Helping You with All Your Custody Needs

The subject of child custody is one of the most disputed legal issues involved in divorce, separation, and family law cases. Although the courts have come a long way from favoring mothers over fathers and making unfair decisions, it is still stressful to put a decision like this in someone else's hands At Shaffer & Engle, we have more than 65 years of combined experience in the field of family law. Whether you are building a case involving a child born out of wedlock or are going through a divorce, we're here to assist you.

Reach out to us today at (717) 268-4287 to speak with a knowledgeable child custody attorney in Harrisburg.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

Over the years, we have represented countless cases involving child custody and our attorneys have a long track record of success. There are a number of ways to resolve matters of child custody between you and the other parent, such as through a face-to-face conversation or mediation. However, if you cannot come to an agreement, we are prepared to represent your case in court.

There are many factors used by the court to make decisions regarding child custody and visitation, such as:

  • Stability of the child's life
  • Parenting ability of each party
  • Child's relationship with each parent
  • How family relationships will be affected
  • The preference of the child, depending on their age
  • Any record of child abuse, drug use, or alcohol abuse
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The court makes an effort to make decisions based on what is in the child's best interest but their process is not perfect. We understand the importance of securing or maintaining a relationship with your child and we are dedicated to helping you do just that.

Standing Up for Grandparents' Visitation Rights

The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is incredibly special. When two parents separate or divorce and the court issues a custody and visitation order, this can often impact grandparents' rights. At Shaffer & Engle, we know it is incredibly important to maintain your relationship with your grandchild. Out of what's in their best interest, we can help you pursue visitation rights to see your grandchild. We can also help you seek custody rights, should you feel they need to be removed from their living situation.

To get the answers you need about child custody, call our firm at (717) 268-4287. An experienced Dauphin County child custody attorney can help you with all your legal needs.

What Our
Clients Have to Say

  • We recommend Shaffer & Engle to everyone and anyone, even if you are unsure if you have a case.

    “Our experience with Shaffer & Engle was beyond our expectations. Elisabeth is absolutely an amazing attorney! We were expecting to get about a 50% reduction in our case, but she surpassed that and got BOTH of the traffic tickets completely thrown out! Saving us from a driver's license suspension of up to 18 months long! She's spectacular! We recommend Shaffer & Engle to everyone and anyone, even if you are unsure if you have a case. Just ask them, they will explain all of your options and in plain English so that it makes sense to you! Elisabeth is unlike any attorney we have ever met. Very open, honest and down-to- earth......she speaks her mind freely and loudly! It gave us a more comfortable feeling having her represent us and our case! Again, Thank you so much Elisabeth, we greatly appreciate all you did for us! We will call Shaffer & Engle first for all of our future legal matters!”

    Katie & Derrick

  • Jeff is very up front about his experience, results and belief in the success or possible issues with your case.

    “From the minute you call Jeff Engle's office, you are treated with first class respect and service. Jeff is very up front about his experience, results and belief in the success or possible issues with your case. From the time of retainment, Jeff's use of electronic forms of communication keep you up to date to the minute whenever there are developments and progress in your case. This type of communication is nearly unheard of in ANY proffession. Many times, I knew that Jeff was taking his personal time to communicate with me. Jeff presents himself as a very knowledgeable and able attorney with sincere personal interest in the success of your case. During times of uncertainty, having someone of Jeff's demeanor at your side will simply make you feel that no matter what the outcome may be, he is right there with you. There was not one time during the course of my case that I felt Jeff was not thoughful and prepared for. I cannot say enough for the level of professionalism this man presents while representing you as a client.”


  • Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days.

    “I am an attorney in the state of Washington. I have a family law client who was in desperate need of legal assistance in PA. The case against him was affecting his ability to work. Mr. Engle contacted me as soon as my email was received and helped my client. Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days. I have never encountered another attorney as eager to help and get the job done. I would highly recommend Mr. Engle to anyone.”


  • Jeff has helped me in the past with 3 speeding tickets and I know he is a good person.

    “Jeff has helped me in the past with 3 speeding tickets and I know he is a good person.”



    “Elisabeth helped me through the most traumatic turning point in my life where I felt so alone and had no support except the fact that I needed to get through my disposition to ensure I would be able to continue to excel in my college studies and provide a better life for my young daughter who I am raising alone. Elisabeth provided me with encouraging words and any possible leads she had come across. I was amazed at how caring she was regarding matters outside of the actual case! After court, Thanks to Elisabeth, I was able to come home and continue to be a rock for my family. Since, I have recently ran out of funding 29 credits shy of my degree but still proud to finish the last semester with a 4.0 gpa making the Deans List five times still maintain work having also begun raising my orphaned seventeen year old god daughter who I came to know as one of the trouble kids at my local Boys & Girls Club where I was hired after completing the community service requirements in my case. I do not receive any financial help from government programs for my budding family but I begged for Elisabeth to take money for her exceptional service and she refused. I am forever grateful for her kindness and love each time that I look at my girls. She treated me like family and she didn't have to, she believed in me and encouraged me and stayed true to her word and I genuinely love and appreciate her for that beyond words. I trusted her with a long shot and she hit it out of the parking lot! Like my title says BEYOND AMAZING...”

    Jaimeen A.