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What Types of Custody Are Recognized in New York?

Are you in the process of divorce and contemplating filing for child custody? If so, you need to be aware that there are three types of child custody that are recognized by New York courts. The first type is sole custody. This is where one parent is given the legal right to make all of the decisions regarding the child's life.

Generally, a parent with sole custody does not have to consult with the non-custodial parent about any important decisions. Joint legal custody requires both parents to have an equal say in the child's life. In some cases, however, one parent may be given slightly more power to make the final decision. If this is the case, it will be specifically outlined in your divorce settlement.

The last type of child custody is joint legal and shared physical custody. In this custodial situation, both parents are given equal weight when making important decisions and they will share physical custody of the child as well. This is not as common as the other types of custody, however.

Do you have questions or concerns related to child custody matters? Get answers from an experienced Long Island family lawyer now by contacting the Meyers Law Group to schedule an initial consultation.