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A child custody order determines everything pertaining to the care, education, healthcare, and religion of a child. It also decides the most appropriate child custody arrangement.

Different Types of Custody Arrangements

There are different types of custody arrangements in New York.

• Physical Custody is given to the parent who will take care of the child every day of their life until they become an adult.

• Legal Custody is given to both parents if they are getting a divorce or have never been married, but agree to take care of their child together. In legal custody, either one or both parents are given the right to make important decisions about the education, medical care, and religion of their child. A parent might not have physical custody, but they may have joint legal custody and be allowed to participate in making any important decision that relates to the child.

Grandparent Visitation and Custody can be granted under specific conditions.

• Joint Custody occurs when a child has to divide their time equally between their father and mother.

• Sole Custody awards exclusive legal and physical custody to one parent.

Custody arrangements come into play when parents are getting divorced and are trying to figure out how to divide the children’s’ time between them. They are also relevant where one parent wants to seek custody, but the two parents are not married. Legally, if parents are unmarried, the mother can prevent the father from seeing their child. This is legally remedied by the father going to court and demanding an order of paternity. The courts will decide whether they will be granted custody or paternity. The best interests of the child always come first before anything.

Who Can File for Custody of a Child?

In the State of New York, a person can file for custody or visitation rights as long as they can prove they have been and will continue to be important in the child’s upbringing. Extraordinary circumstances govern custody and visitation rights for non-parents. These include abandonment and imprisonment. It is common for grandparents to be given custody of their grandchildren in such cases.

Factors That Determine Child Custody Arrangements

Joint custody is one of the best decisions that the court can make because there is less emotional strain on the child than in other child custody agreements. However, there are several factors that help the courts in determining custody arrangements.

The wishes of the child matter a lot. However, the child has to be old enough to know what they prefer. The mental, physical and financial health of the parents also matter. Religious as well as cultural considerations are critical in making this decision. The extended family members of each parent are important as they provide a means of interaction and are critical in the upbringing of the child. Other factors that come into play include the age and sex of the child, drug and/or alcohol abuse, emotional and physical abuse of the child.

Any allegation against a parent should be accompanied by evidence if it is to be used in court. If a couple is getting divorced, then the parent who was the primary caregiver during the marriage can use this as evidence that they are the best person to take care of the child.

A petition for custody should be made in the county where the child lives and the court proceedings will take place in the Family Court.

If a child is found to be in physical danger, they can be placed in temporary custody with the petitioner. They can even be removed from the state. This only happens in very serious circumstances.

Once you are granted custody and guardianship of a child, and you are not their parent, you are given the right to enroll the child in public school.

How a Lawyer Can Help in a Child Custody Battle

If you are facing a child custody battle then getting a lawyer is the first step you should take. The best legal team will fight for your rights to have an active role in the upbringing of your children.


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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!
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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
Verified
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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