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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
RELATED: Changes in Law Expand Who May Seek Custody

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

  • Thank you for going above and beyond for the client I referred to you, but more importantly, thank you for the fantastic result.

    “Thank you for going above and beyond for the client I referred to you, but more importantly, thank you for the fantastic result. She was my most important client, and you really came through.”

    Attorney John D.

  • 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.”

    Janay

  • 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.”

    Rebekah

  • They handled everything beautifully and were able to minimize our anxiety throughout a difficult process.

    “Jeff is the fourth attorney that I have worked with regarding custody of my son. My previous attorneys were neither knowledgeable of the law as it applied to my case nor followed through on the actions they said they would take. Not only did Jeff know what he was doing, but he did everything that he said he would in a timely fashion. Given that my case involved an international relocation, allocation of sole custody for residency purposes abroad, and a non-custodial parent who was anything but cooperative, there was a high likelihood that my case would be unsuccessful with even the potential of being ordered to return to the US to maintain physical custody of my son. Today my child and I are happily living abroad and I was able to obtain the residency permit for my son to remain here. I attribute the success of my case to Jeff and his firm. They handled everything beautifully and were able to minimize our anxiety throughout a difficult process. Thank you!”

    Former Client

  • He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions.

    “Hired the Law Office to handle the new Adam Walsh Act law going into effect December 20, 2012. State of PA and State Police was requiring that I register under the new law. Not only required to register but also changing my Tier level from Tier 1 to Tier Pending. Originally was required to register as a Tier 1 for 10 years but under the new law they were requiring to register for life. Attorney Engle took the case and fought from the day he was hired until the case was resolved. This is the only Law Firm I have dealt with that work diligently and kept us well informed throughout the case. Our case Won on two levels: 1. I am no longer required to register under the new Adam Walsh Act. 2. Successfully removed my name from the Sex Offender Registry. I am no longer listed on State or Federal Megan Law web site. I have worked with several Law firms over the past 10 years and Attorney Engle is the best Attorney. He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions. He fought for my rights where not too many attorneys out there will. AND he WON our case against the State Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. I will recommend this Law Firm to anyone that need legal representation no matter what the case might be. Big or small this is the law firm you want to hire. I cannot nor can anyone predict the same outcome but they will fight for your best interest.”

    Former client