Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

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Child Custody

Custody is one of the most challenging and important issues to resolve in a family law case. In Pennsylvania, there are two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody determines which parent will have the right to have the child reside with them. Legal custody determines which parent will have the right to make major decisions involving the care, welfare, and health of the child. Physical custody can be shared between both parents or granted solely to one parent. Similarly, legal custody can be held jointly by both parents or assigned solely to one parent.


The family law attorneys at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote have extensive experience handling child custody disputes both in and outside of the court process. Our lawyers appreciate the sensitive nature of these types of cases and represent mothers and fathers in a full range of custody matters, including:


  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Legal custody
  • Physical custody
  • Relocation issues
  • Same-sex issues
  • Third-party cases

Whenever possible, we work with our clients to resolve custody disputes outside of the litigation process. We know that custody arrangements reached through negotiation or mediation generally offer more flexibility and tend to allow the parents to remain focused on the best interests of their children. However, we recognize that there are times when a fair and amicable agreement may not achievable without judicial intervention. In these situations, our attorneys work to protect our clients’ interests throughout all phases of the litigation process.


In Pennsylvania, each county has its own prerequisites that must be met in order to get a custody case before a judge. The attorneys in our Family Law Group have a comprehensive understanding of what the courts require and carefully guide clients through each step of the judicial process. We also frequently handle custody cases involving relocation issues such as where one parent needs to relocate out of the county or state after a custody arrangement has been finalized. In these complex cases, our objective is to help our clients reach a fair arrangement that works best for the client and their children.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for Janet K. Meub by a Sole Practitioner on 05/30/17 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    I have known and been opposed by Ms. Meub for many years in medical malpractice litigation. At all times she has exhibited the utmost professionalism and her word has been her bond. She has been punctual and forthcoming in all matters of discovery... Read more

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    I have known and been opposed by Ms. Meub for many years in medical malpractice litigation. At all times she has exhibited the utmost professionalism and her word has been her bond. She has been punctual and forthcoming in all matters of discovery and before the court. She exemplifies the highest level of legal capabilities, professionalism and ethics. Read less

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    I have worked on two separate lawsuits in which Dave was opposing counsel. He is a great attorney, professional, fair and intelligent. He exemplifies how the law should be practiced.

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Diversity

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is committed to promoting a work environment that fosters and enhances diversity. The firm believes in the importance of various backgrounds and experiences which lead to better team work, strong ideas, and superior understanding in the workplace and in the various areas of law. We know our clients have a diverse workforce and our efforts towards a diverse law firm will enable us to better serve our clients.

Some of the firm’s extensive diversity efforts include:
  • Developing a diversity committee of seven attorneys to review firm policies and initiatives regarding diversity.
  • Being one of eleven law firms to participate in the Allegheny County Bar Association Minority Hiring Initiative. The firm has been a member of this organization since its inception and participates in all meetings.
  • Participating in the Allegheny County Bar Association Summer Clerkship and Law Internship Program. Through this, Dickie McCamey hires first year minority students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law for 12-week summer clerkships.
  • Taking part in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law LLM program, in which law school graduates from other countries are able to experience law practices in a United States context by interning at Pittsburgh law firms.
  • Attending diversity conferences and lectures including:
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Conference
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference
    • Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association Regional Convention
  • Sponsoring a law student from Panama through the ACBA’s Hispanic Attorneys Committee to assist him in preparing his thesis on the differences in the systems of law in Panama and United States.

Dickie McCamey believes in providing and maintaining a diverse workforce for attorneys and staff. We provide fair and ethical treatment regardless one’s race, gender, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical disability.

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is an equal opportunity employer.
 

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