Child Custody

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Divorce & Children

Of all issues that must be addressed in a Long Island divorce, child custody is generally one of the most hotly contested. Because custody is a legal matter that is also so emotionally involved, it is important to make sure all of your bases are covered. This is why you should consider working with a lawyer who can help represent your interests and assist you in seeking a custody arrangement that suits you and your child’s needs.

As a Long Island child custody lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in this field, I understand how to approach these issues with dedicated legal representation and the personalized service that my clients need, and I believe that they deserve. I understand that this is an important issue that will directly affect you and your children for years to come, and that is why I am committed to helping you reach the outcome that’s best for you and your family.

Types of Child Custody

When dealing with a child custody case, it is important to be aware of the different types of custody which are available to you. This could help you determine what the best option is for you and your family. In joint custody arrangements, both parents have equal rights and responsibilities regarding their child. The child may live with both parents for equal amounts of time and both parents are able to contribute to the decisions regarding the upbringing of the child. When seeking to determine a child custody arrangement, it is also important to remember that legal custody and physical custody are very different. Legal custody refers to the parent’s right to make decisions regarding the child’s education, healthcare, religious involvement, and more. If legal custody is shared between the parents, they will both have a say in these decisions. Physical custody refers to which parent the child lives with. This can either be solely belonging to one parent or shared.

How is child custody determined in Long Island?

When a married couple gets a divorce, child custody may be determined in different ways. In my opinion the most viable option is typically for the parents to come to their own arrangement regarding custody. An agreement reached outside of the courtroom allows each parent to look at their needs and the needs of the child in order to determine a fair arrangement that works best for everyone. If a divorce is contested and a judge is therefore given the power to decide upon a custody arrangement, the result may be different. In some cases, however, it will be necessary to take a child custody dispute or a divorce to court. If this occurs, I have the experience and resources to properly represent your interests in front of the family law judge. The judge will take into account several different factors when forming a child custody order in a divorce case. Some of the factors include:

  • Child’s age
  • Sex of the child
  • Child’s health
  • Lifestyle of the parents (If a parent is a smoker or have habits that could affect the child)
  • Emotional bond between the child and each parent
  • The parent’s ability to provide financially and emotionally for the child
  • Environmental changes that would occur if the child was to be in custody of the parent
  • Child’s preference if he or she is 12 or older

The judge considers all of these things and determines what is in the best interest of the child and will make the order accordingly. It is crucial to have an experienced divorce lawyer by your side to present your case efficiently. I am skilled at providing evidence to the court of how my client is in the best interest of the child and that the order should reflect that. Find out how I can use my experience as a Long Island divorce lawyer to help you seek a custody arrangement that works for you and your child or children. Contact my firm today!

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