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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..."

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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."

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If you are involved in a divorce, paternity, or post-divorce case in which custody is an issue, you must understand your essential rights. You must also understand the basic parameters of New York Custody Law. Finally, you must be in a position to fully protect your legal rights and interests in a custody proceeding.

Retaining Appropriate Legal Representation

The stark reality is that New York custody law, and associated court processes, are highly complicated. You best protect your legal interests by retaining the professional services if a skilled, experienced NY custody lawyer.

The first step to take in retaining legal representation is scheduling an initial appointment with an NY custody lawyer. During an initial consultation, legal counsel will provide you with an evaluation of your case. In addition, an attorney will discuss the essentials of custody law in the state of New York. A lawyer will also provide detailed answers to your questions. As a matter of practice, an NY custody lawyer usually charges no fee for an initial appointment with a prospective client.

New York Custody Law

New York statutes establish what technically is known as the legal standard for establishing or changing custody in a divorce, paternity, or post-divorce matter. The state utilizes what is known as the best interests of the child standard in determining custody of a minor child.

The standard mandates that decisions regarding custody of a child are to made with a focus on what is in the best interests of the child. In determining what is in the best interests of a child, the court considers a number of factors.

These factors include an examination of the overall emotional, mental, and physical health of the parties. The factors include a consideration of which parent traditionally has provided primary care for a minor child. The court considers the residential status of each parent. The age of the child can be a factor.

The wishes of the child are not determinative of which parent is designated as the primary custodian of a child. Depending on the age, and maturity level, of a child, the court can use a child’s preferences as one consideration in determining what is in the best interests of that minor.

Legal and Physical Custody in the State of New York

In the state of New York, there are two general types of custody. Legal custody is the right of a parent to make major life decisions on behalf of a child. Major life decisions include those associated with education, religion, and medical care.

Physical custody is the second type. Physical custody involves where the child will reside. Issues surrounding parenting time or visitation are associated with those decisions made in regard to physical custody of a minor child.

Child Support and Child Custody

Although the non-custodial parent is likely to be obliged to pay child support, the award of child support and child custody are otherwise separate issues. For example, if the non-custodial parent fails to make appropriate child support payments, the custodial parent cannot automatically block the other party from having parenting time with the child. A court ordered must be obtained before visitation can be interrupted.

Can I represent myself if I don’t like my lawyer?

Most people who go to court do have the right to represent themselves during the trial if unhappy with a lawyer. You will need to terminate your current divorce attorney first. Although that can be simple, some problems might arise depending on your exact situation. Here is what you need to understand about firing your attorney and representing yourself in court.

Firing a Lawyer

The first point to understand is that attorneys and clients are bound by a simple contract that is largely like any other business agreement. This means that you can usually fire an attorney at nearly any time you see fit. You often do not even have to provide a sound reason. It is even possible to fire your lawyer after a trial has started or just a couple of days after hiring the attorney. You can then let the court know that you wish to represent yourself as what is called a per se litigant.

How Judges Can Interfere

There are some exceptions to the rule that you can terminate your lawyer at any time and represent yourself. It is possible that the judge overseeing a court case could interfere. This happens only in rare and specific cases. A judge might decide that firing the lawyer close to the first day of trial could unnecessarily delay the case. Some judges will take action during complicated cases because of the perception that the litigant will not get a fair trial. It depends on the circumstances of the case and the judge whether this will happen.

Possible Consequences

Although you normally have the right to fire your lawyer, you might still face some serious financial and legal consequences afterwards. The agreement that you signed with your lawyer might list fees or other penalties for firing the attorney. The lawyer will still be entitled to full payment for all services rendered to you up until the termination date. You might have difficulty getting the paperwork related to your case leaving you unable to prove your points or defend yourself. It is important to carefully check the terms of your contract before firing your lawyer.

Reasons to Fire a Lawyer

There are several valid reasons to fire a lawyer. The attorney might stop communicating with you. This can leave you in a position where you cannot effectively work through your case or where you have no idea what is happening. Another reason is unprofessional behavior. This means your attorney is not prepared for court or seems to be wasting your time intentionally. You might have a deep disagreement about how to proceed with the case. That can hurt your chances of winning. A final reason is if your attorney does not seem to understand the facts of your case. That is a situation where firing the attorney might be necessary so that you can represent yourself.

Arguments against Representing Yourself

It is important to understand some of the pitfalls of representing yourself in court. You could be hit with complicated motions and other legal tactics that you will have no idea how to handle. You might not be able to effectively use the law to prove your evidence or defend against accusations. A lack of knowledge about how the courts work could result in missed filing deadlines and other mistakes that hurt your case. You must fully understand exactly what you are getting into if you decide to represent yourself in a court of law.


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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
Verified
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.

~ David Bruce

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.

~ Rowlin Garcia

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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