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Child Custody


New York 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. Often, each parent has 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, these issues will ultimately be decided by a judge.

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 zealously advocate the wishes of our clients in an effort to ensure a result that reflects the best interests of the child(ren).

Types of Child Custody Arrangements

Child custody guidelines essentially charge the court to do what is in the best interests of the child(ren). In most instances, 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. While physical custody addresses primary residence and access with the child; legal custody addresses decision-making power regarding major decisions in the child's life (e.g. health, education, religion, etc.). In most cases, mundane, day to day decisions are determined by the parent with whom the child is with at the time the decision is to be made.

These types of custody can generally be defined as sole custody, shared custody or joint legal custody. Joint custody is the more common, as it usually means that both parents have involvement, although it may not be equal.

In shared and joint legal custody situations, our 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 implemented and upheld after the divorce or separation is finalized.

Sole custody is sometimes the more appropriate alternative where conflict between the parents is so significant that one parent or the other is required to make a final decision.

Resolving Complex Child Custody Issues

Sometimes issues are raised that make the issue of child custody more complex. We are adept at handling complex child custody issues, involving:

  • Allegations of abuse or neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Special needs of a child
  • Unique economic or residency situations

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 Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).

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. And when negotiations fail, our attorneys have the skills and experience to zealously represent our clients in custody litigation.

Contact Our Child Custody Attorneys

Our attorneys are available to represent clients in Long Island, the metropolitan New York area Brooklyn, Manhattan and the remaining boroughs, Westchester and Rochester.

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, Manhattan at 212-279-9200, Brooklyn at 718-215-5300 or Rochester, New York, at 585-218-9999, to schedule an initial consultation.

Attorneys

Samuel J. Ferrara RoseAnn C. Branda Stephanie Nott
Grace M. Borrino Bernadette M. Davidson Michael E. Ratner
Andrea M. Brodie Maria E. Ficalora Daniel H. Smith
Danielle N. Burns Jill Goffer Sharon P. Stiller
Michael A. Coscia Joy Jankunas