Experienced NY Child Custody Attorneys
Child custody disputes are among the most challenging issues in a divorce. If you require legal assistance in resolving this matter, whether through settlement or court litigation, it is crucial to be represented by a law firm dedicated solely to family law.
At Theresa A. Mari, P.C., we have over 30 years of legal and courtroom experience, specializing in divorce and family law. Our team possesses extensive knowledge and legal skills, enabling us to adeptly address and effectively resolve child custody and visitation matters. Trust us to provide the experienced representation you need to protect the best interests of your children during this critical time.
UNDERSTANDING CHILD CUSTODY IN NEW YORK
Child custody refers to the legal rights and responsibilities of parents or guardians regarding their children after a divorce or separation. In New York, family courts focus on the best interests of the child when determining custody arrangements. There are two main types of custody: physical custody, which determines where the child will live, and legal custody, which involves decision-making authority for the child’s welfare, education, and healthcare.
TYPES OF CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS
In New York, various custody arrangements can be established, depending on the circumstances of each case. Sole custody involves one parent having both physical and legal custody, while joint custody may be awarded when both parents share responsibilities. Joint legal custody allows both parents to make decisions jointly, while joint physical custody involves the child spending substantial time with each parent.
FACTORS CONSIDERED BY THE COURT
New York courts consider several factors when deciding child custody, aiming to create arrangements that promote the child’s best interests. Some key factors include the child’s emotional and physical well-being, the ability of each parent to provide a stable home environment, the child’s relationship with each parent, and each parent’s ability to cooperate in making decisions regarding the child.
Child custody arrangements can be modified if significant changes occur in the circumstances of either parent or the child. For example, a parent may seek a modification if they relocate to another state or if there are concerns about the child’s safety and well-being. To modify custody, the parent must demonstrate that the change is in the child’s best interests.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR CHILD CUSTODY MATTERS
Navigating child custody issues can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. Having skilled legal representation is crucial to protect your rights and the best interests of your child. At Theresa A. Mari, P.C., our experienced attorneys provide compassionate guidance and dedicated representation throughout the custody process. We strive to achieve fair and workable custody arrangements that prioritize the well-being of your child and provide stability during this difficult time.