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When parents decide to divorce, one of the biggest issues they face is how to keep the well-being of their children at the forefront. This is especially important when it comes to visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, since it’s very difficult to make arrangements that will satisfy the parents as well as the children. In most divorce hearings where visitation rights are discussed, one parent always tends to feel cheated, which can lead to negotiations that can get very ugly in a hurry. Because of this, it’s always smart to hire a lawyer who has experience handling these cases, since the well-being of your children may be at stake.

Visitation Hearings
Depending upon how both parents feel about potential custody arrangements, visitation hearings can take a number of different turns. For example, if both parents agree about the custody of the child, a formal hearing will not be necessary. Instead, the judge will hear testimony from both parents and then enter an order of custody on consent. However, if the parents cannot agree on custody arrangements, the judge will hear testimony in a formal hearing, and may also appoint a lawyer to represent the child or children involved. According to the New York Unified Court System, the judge may also order social services or other mental health agencies to conduct an investigation of the family and report their findings back to the court, enabling the judge to make the best decision. However, it’s important to note that in some counties within New York, visitation hearings can be heard by what are known as Family Court “Attorney-Referees,” who have complete authority to hear and decide cases, issue legal orders, and even refer the family to court-appointed mediation. More information about these possibilities may be found at Your text to link….

Reaching an Agreement
In most child visitation orders, parents can expect to find alternating weekends, alternating holidays, and at least four weeks of summer vacation. However, since the court always puts the child’s best interests ahead of everything else, these agreements can be altered in many ways. While keeping both parents as fully involved as possible in the child’s life is imperative, that may not be possible if it is determined that leaving the child alone with one of the parents could put the child in peril. In these situations, the court will order supervised visitation, which usually has another family member or social worker present during the visit.

Changing the Visitation Order
In some cases, one parent may move to have the existing visitation order changed or modified. As always, it’s best to have the services of an experienced visitation lawyer to help with this process, since it can become very complex depending upon the circumstances. For example, if a parent completes counseling and wants to do away with supervised visitation, they will need to ask the court to change the current visitation orders. In addition to this, if one parent relocates due to a job change, remarriage, or other life event, they will probably want the current visitation order modified.

Contact a Child Visitation Lawyer
Since you ultimately want what is best for your child or children after a divorce, it’s always best to consult with a knowledgeable child visitation lawyer before doing something rash that you will not only regret, but may in fact jeopardize your chances of being involved in your child’s life. Rather than withhold child support payments or continue to drag your spouse into court, consult a child visitation lawyer who can help you achieve the goals you want for you and your kids.

Can supervised visitation be part of our custody agreement

When you and your spouse decide to divorce, one of the most difficult things is creating a custody arrangement. Custody battles can often be contentious. The majority of custody arrangements are judgments handed down by the court rather than agreements the spouses mutually agree on. If you’re negotiating a custody arrangement for your family, you might not be sure what sorts of terms you’re allowed to include.

The field of family law is incredibly complicated. Custody arrangements rarely involve a one-size-fits-all approach. Every family has unique circumstances that affect potential custody placements. Ultimately, the court’s job is to protect the child or children in question. The court must rule in favor of the child’s best interest, regardless of what the spouses may want.

One of the most important things is not to draft your custody arrangement alone. If your only experience practicing law is through watching movies and television shows, you won’t know where to begin. You may be surprised to learn that you have quite a bit of control over possible types of visitation. One of the questions you may ask yourself is whether supervised visitation is necessary. Supervised visitation is often contested, and it may be difficult to bring up.

The first thing to keep in mind is that any agreement made cooperatively will come with more leeway than a court ruling. Cooperative agreements are generally viewed with favor by the judge. When the spouses can work together, negotiating doesn’t take as much time. Custody rulings don’t always need to be issued by the court if both spouses are willing to work together. Alternative visitation and custody agreements might be created even if the court wouldn’t issue them.

One of the agreements you can make is for your spouse to have supervised visitation with your children. Ultimately, the court will need to approve this request. All child custody arrangements are reviewed by and finalized by the court. If both spouses agree that the best course of action is supervised visitation, the agreement will usually be approved.

Supervised visitation does have potential caveats to think about. The most pressing issue is that many people will not agree to supervised visitation unless a court order forces them. To have supervised visits, court personnel must be involved. The other spouse must also be amenable to complying with strict regulations. Most spouses don’t want supervised visitation with their children. Instead, they want to have unsupervised visits, as these involve much more freedom and much less hassle.

You should also be aware that any agreement you make, including one involving supervised visitation, might receive a court nullification later. This is especially likely to occur if your ex-spouse voices a reasonable objection at a future date. It’s important not to use supervised visitation as a punishment, particularly if joint custody or unsupervised visitation are reasonable options. Supervised visitation is an act that’s very restrictive. You must have good reasons for wanting it to be part of the custody arrangement. Prepare documentation to back up your case.

The last thing you should think about is your reasoning for wanting the supervised visitation. This visitation is imposed under special circumstances: the court believes that a parent deserves to be in contact with a child, but there’s also a belief that unsupervised contact with the child might become dangerous. Do you have a belief that your spouse poses a danger to your child? Is supervised visitation being considered for your child’s safety, or are you seeking it for other reasons? If you don’t believe your spouse is dangerous to your child, it may be a good idea to let the court decide the terms of the visitation.

You are able to ask for supervised visitation when you negotiate a custody agreement. However, you should keep in mind your reasons for doing so. If your spouse is amenable to the agreement, the court is likely to approve it. However, most spouses will fight this visitation due to its restrictive conditions. If your spouse challenges your request, you’ll need to provide documentation proving that supervised visitation is necessary. Nothing is set in stone until the final divorce decree has been signed. Supervised visitation should only be sought if you believe your spouse may endanger your child if visits occur unsupervised.

Negotiating a custody arrangement is the most difficult part of any divorce case. Ultimately, you have to make the decision that’s best for your child. It helps to get an experienced attorney who will help advocate for your point of view.


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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

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Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

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Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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