NYC Child Visitation Lawyers
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Custody agreements can be very tricky and messy. It’s always a challenge to make sure both parents are happy with the final visitation schedule without one the parents feeling slighted. A trend has been developing in New York from Family Court and Supreme Court judges where the non-custodial parent has been receiving longer visitation periods. If it’s a situation where both parents are not sharing custody, the courts tend to be inclined to award this type of arrangement where instead of the conventional alternating weekends a different type of schedule is set up. The legal arguments that are relevant to the case lead to a schedule that can include regular weeknight visits, overnight visits and longer vacation stays. It has also been common for judges to decide on extended vacations as well as the transferring of the children between home and school. Our attorneys are experienced in custody issues and developing visitation schedules that will benefit their clients. As visitation schedules have been increasing, parents are finding a greater need to find a knowledgeable lawyer to represent them through this emotional process.
Standard visitation has always included alternating holidays, occasional weekends and a customary four week vacation in the summer. When there is a parent wanting additional visitation that a judge deems dependable, the judge could award a visitation schedule that is thoughtful and understanding. Family Courts want both parents to be fully involved in the raising of their children providing those children with a better future which is seen by the question the courts generally ask of “what is in the best interest of the child?”
Experienced Visitation Attorneys can help represent you while you are attempting to agree as to what the most visitation should be allowed for your children. This is a matter that can get confusing and tricky along with other aspects of a divorce. It’s necessary for the court to realize if the child will be in danger if left alone with one of the parents and if the non-custodial parent needs supervision during their visits. If supervision is required, it’s important to find the right person to administer the supervision like a reliable family member or an agency that specializes in these visits. All of these decisions are centered around the court’s need to find out “what is in the best interest of the child.”
Making Changes to an Existing Visitation Order
Every so often, changes need to be made to existing visitation orders. Parents that have been required to have supervised visits may have completed counseling and would like to requests their future visits not have supervision. A family court judge can reconsider the initial ruling and, if they agree to the request, they can modify the visitation order. This is usually only done when there has a been a major change to the family circumstances that can include a job change, a parent relocating or improved direction from one of the parent for the child.
Petitions for visitation can be filed in family court or in the matrimonial division in the Supreme Court. The visitation schedule is then founded on the initial visitation petition. Altering the schedule can be done later based on changing situations since the initial petition was granted. When one of the parents does not keep to the agreement, a non-compliance petition can be filed. When this happens, an inquiry is made to the family court to have a ruling made against the violator and also a request for punitive action to be taken. In some cases, the family court judge can remove all of the non-compliant parent’s visitation rights if the complaint is strong enough.
Our attorneys are highly education in various areas of family law, including visitation cases. Our visitation attorney will bring their knowledge and concern when handling the complications that arise from raising a child under the observation of family court.
Any decisions that are made about your children and their well-being require capable representation. Call our offices to schedule your free consultation to find out how our attorneys can help represent you and your family. Our lawyers are very knowledgeable about custody and visitation issues and will be able to help your reach the best possible outcome for your case.