New York City Child Custody Attorneys
The Experience to Handle Complex Child Custody Matters
One of the most common areas of conflict in a divorce is the issue of child custody. Typically, both parents have different ideas about how parenting time should be divided. In many cases, each parent has a different idea about decision making and parenting. If an agreement cannot be reached, the matter may need to be taken into the courtroom.
At the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, our family law attorneys have the experience to resolve even the most heated child custody disputes. When dealing with parental rights and parenting time, our goal is always to represent the wishes of our clients while meeting the best interests of the children involved in the dispute.
Types of Child Custody Arrangements
Child custody guidelines essentially charge the court to do what is in the best interests of the child. More often than not, this includes a time sharing schedule involving both parents.
Child custody and parenting access arrangements can be handled in a variety of ways, but two aspects of custody must be addressed: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody addresses where the child will live and with which parent the child is spending time. Legal custody addresses decision-making power regarding everything from medical care to major decisions in the child's life (e.g. health, education, religion, etc.).
These two types of custody can be broken down into either sole custody or joint custody. Joint custody means that both parents have involvement, although it may not be equal. Sole custody means that power is given to one parent.
Our New York City child custody lawyers will help you determine an arrangement that makes the most sense for you and your child(ren). We will take all appropriate and necessary action to see that these arrangements are put into place and upheld after the divorce or separation is finalized.
Resolving Complex Child Custody Issues
Sometimes, issues are raised that make the issue of child custody more complex. We handle complex child custody issues, involving:
- Allegations of abuse or neglect
- Child support matters
- Special needs of a child
Child custody issues are also more complex when one parent is in the military or wishes to relocate to another city or state. We can, and regularly do, address physical custody relocation and interstate jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA).
Our divorce and family law team is committed to representing the interests of children, mothers and fathers in all aspects of parenting arrangements. We use our experience and creative planning skills to work through these difficult custody issues and find a solution that allows parents to move forward from the dispute with a combined focus on raising their child(ren) in the best way possible.
Contact Our Child Custody Attorneys
Our attorneys are available to represent clients in the metropolitan New York area, including New York City, the boroughs, Long Island, Westchester as well as throughout New York and New Jersey.
For further information about how we can help you with a child custody matter, please contact our law firm in Long Island at 516-328-2300, New York City at 212-279-9200, Brooklyn at 718-272-6040 or Rochester, New York, at 585-218-9999, to schedule an initial consultation.
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