An Overview of Child Custody
Long Island Custody Lawyer
When determining custody of a child, the state of New York does not award custody to a preferred parent (i.e. mothers are not automatically granted sole custody). Child custody, whether sole or joint custody, is awarded based on the best interests of the child. This means that the court professes a "gender-blind" attitude and uses criteria to make a custody determination that will most benefit the child or children.
What influences custody decisions?
It is important to understand the court's decision making processes so you know your rights and responsibilities in such a case. The family court judge will consider such factors as:
- The age of the child
- The child’s physical and mental health
- Lifestyle and daily schedule of the parent
- Child’s normal routine
- Child’s education
- Parent’s ability to care and provide for the child’s physical, mental, and emotional needs
- Any history of abuse
- Potential impact upon the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent
- Preference of the child, if they are above a certain age
A dedicated Long Island divorce lawyer from our team can help you better understand the process and explain the steps that could benefit your case. A possible option is taking advantage of our ability to provide NYS Certified Parenting Plan Mediation. This can be very useful for creating a more amicable child custody and/or visitation agreement.
The Importance of Experienced Representation
When choosing a lawyer, it's important to consider what the goals of the case are and how your lawyer will be able to pursue your desired results. A talented attorney from our firm may be able to help you attain your goals. We will work with you to create a strong child custody case plan- a key part of pursuing the best outcome possible. We care for each of our clients and they can rely on our competence. If you are going through divorce litigation and need to arrange child custody agreements or if you need help with
modification proceedings for a pre-existing agreement, Meyers Law Group, PC is prepared to serve you with exceptional representation. We have helped clients in a variety of custody cases, including
grandparental rights and
Contact a Long Island divorce attorney from our firm today to discuss your case!