If you have been served divorce papers or are dealing with a custody dispute outside of divorce, you need an attorney who will stand by your side through the legally complex, emotionally charged issues that come with a child custody issue.


Count on The Law Office of Theresa Ann Hartzell, P.C. for the personalized guidance you deserve.


With decades of experience advocating for clients during custody disputes, we will remain by your side throughout the process and do everything in our power to help you achieve the results you are after. 


Contact us today to receive dedicated child custody assistance in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Don't Face Child Custody Challenges Alone

From living arrangements and schooling to holidays and birthdays, custody disputes involve difficult decisions. At The Law Office of Theresa Ann Hartzell, P.C., we believe that child custody disputes are best resolved in court with input from both parties.

We will attempt to reach agreements without litigation. However, if court intervention is needed to attain your goals, we won't hesitate to litigate.

What Do Courts Consider When Determining Custody?

  • Parental abilities
  • Living situation of the children's primary caretaker
  • Ability to provide for the child's or children's emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual well-being
  • Custody arrangements of sibling(s)
  • Child's preference
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse of a party or a member of the party's household
  • Mental and physical condition of a party or member of a party's household

Knowledge and Insight Regarding Child Support

With 20 years of experience helping parents through all areas of divorce, The Law Office of Theresa Ann Hartzell, P.C. is able to provide you with honest, professional assistance for your child support issues.

As a mother herself, Theresa Ann Hartzell is able to offer you a unique perspective as a parent and empathy for your struggles in raising children during your family law disputes. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your needs, contact us today.

Understand Child Support and Your Rights

In Pennsylvania, child support is paid until the minor child or children reach "emancipation," 18 years of age, or graduate from high school, whichever event occurs last.


Children with disabilities or special needs may have lifetime support. Support is determined using an "income shares" model that factors in the earning capacities of both parties.


A wide variety of financial factors influence child support, including:

  • Custodial status
  • Income differences
  • Earning capacity
  • Payment calculations
  • Negotiation vs. litigation
  • State guidelines
  • Expenses and spending
  • Extracurricular activities
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"Thank you for your help over the last 6 years. When I met you, I was going through a very difficult time. At the time, I was a single guy, getting ready to be a first time father and things were extremely messy. All I wanted was to be a dad and have my parental rights respected. You were there whenever I needed you and you were a voice of clarity when I needed it. I felt very lucky to have such a good Attorney that was so talented and knowledgeable. Throughout the years I have referred you some of my closest friends and will continue to. My family appreciates you."
-Mike M. 1/19,/2017

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"Ms. Hartzell has always done a great job of educating me on all of my options and guiding me towards the best one. I would strongly encourage anyone to consult with Theresa for any of their legal needs."
-Michael G.

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"Theresa has provided sound, legal counsel for the past 9 years while I navigated through a variety of unfortunate events in the family court system. She is incredibly knowledgeable, hard-working, supportive, accessible and affordable. She came highly recommended from the people in the legal community I spoke with, and she hasn’t disappointed! "
 - Paul R. 1/26/17

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