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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

  • Mr. Engle took my matter as if it were his own and followed through to the end.

    “I contacted Mr. Engle back in August. My custody case had originated in Delaware in 2013 and was the final hearing was held in May of 2015. After the other party objected DE having jurisdiction, he took matters into his own hands and got PA involved - where he lives. In a panic I called Mr. Engle after being referred to him by my DE attorney. Even though I wasn't a client and I did not have an appointment scheduled, Mr Engle took the time out to hear the background information, calm me down and come to, what I thought, was a good conclusion. Fast forward 4 months later and every email, phone call and frantic visit to his office was greeted with kindness and patience...and if he was unavailable, his staff showed the same warm professionalism. I could be sure that I would hear back from him within the same business day - sometimes even on his downtime after hours - or first thing in the morning. Mr. Engle took my matter as if it were his own and followed through to the end. I would not hesitate to call on Mr. Engle again if the occasion ever arose.”


  • Ms. Collins took our case, she made us feel like we were her only client.

    “From the first day Ms. Collins took our case, she made us feel like we were her only client. She keeps us in the loop at all times, has put such heart and dedication into the case, and really wants the best outcome. She is positive and makes an effort to keep our spirits up with humor and a different perspective. I know for a fact she puts a lot of her personal time into her work because she wants to do the best job possible, including weekends and holidays.”


  • Her work was impeccable and impressive.

    “Elisabeth was more than a great lawyer. She was thorough and always made us feel important. Her work was impeccable and impressive. She went above and beyond what we expected. Our situation was stressful but she made us feel confident and we could tell she cares. I'm so happy she was on our team - she is the tough lawyer you want fighting for you!”


  • 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.”


  • Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly.

    “At the law offices of Shaffer & Engle, my case was handled with professionalism, compassion, and dedication. Facing criminal charges was a very frightening experience to me, but I knew I was in good hands with Jeff Engle. I had no past experiences with the judicial system. I felt I was treated with courtesy and dignity. Jeff did everything within his legal powers to provide a great service when I was in need. From my experience with Jeff, he has been more than a lawyer; he is now considered a great new friend of my family. He took a personal interest in my case and for that I am eternally grateful. Jeff always delivered on what he said to me and did everything he set out to do. Jeff fought the prosecutor (DA) every step of the way without hesitation. Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly. What could have been a truly awful situation was resolved completely to my satisfaction. I am available at any time to address any questions with respect to Jeff Engle as an attorney or as a person. I hold him in the highest regard. If anyone ever wanted to see the definition of what a true attorney is...they should be able to open up a dictionary and see a picture of Jeff next to it. I would and will recommend him and his law firm to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and aggressive law firm or criminal defense attorney.”

    Tara K