New York Child Custody Attorney
Serving & Protecting NYC Families
If you’ve decided to divorce you are like most couples, the most important thing for everyone is the well-being of your children. The custody of your children is the most difficult decision in a divorce. While we can assure you that there will be times during a divorce that you and the other parent will not see eye-to-eye, your child’s best interests must take priority over everything and because of that we will make sure your best interests and well-being are protected at all costs.This is why it’s important to hire the right child custody lawyer for your case.
Understanding the “Best Interests” Standard in Child Custody & Parenting Time
In New York, custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions for their child. In addition, parenting time determines each parent’s respective time with the children.
When making the decisions as to custody and parenting time, the court will consider a number of different factors, including:
- The age and maturity of each child
- A child’s desires – depending on their age
- The atmosphere in the home
- Keeping the children (siblings) together, and
- The quality of parental guidance and mental health of the parents
The Court may also require that an Attorney for the Child be appointed in certain matters in order to give your children a “voice” in the custody proceedings. In addition, during certain highly confrontational custody battles, the Court may require the appointment of a forensic psychologist into interview all of the family members and issue a report based upon their findings.
While we will try and help you avoid protracted custody battles, we have handled hundreds of complex child custody cases over the years and are ready to litigate and advocate for you and your children to put them in the best situation to succeed. Our firm understands the delicacy of your situation. No parent is perfect, and no custody case is easy, which is why you should have an experienced legal advocate by your side. Backed by our experience, our firm has the skill, knowledge, and legal acumen to address your child custody issues with the expertise and diligence required.