Child custody law is one of the most important fields of law in the State of New York. Most parents want what’s best for their children, but the legal system can be intimidating and confusing. It can be hard to know how to advocate for yourself and for your children. Our team of Staten Island custody lawyers can help.
The best interests of the child
When a court makes decisions in a custody case, they base those decisions on the best interests of the child. The court can consider who’s been the primary caregiver for the child. They look at the parenting skills of both parents. Whether either parent has a history of domestic violence plays heavily into the court’s decision. Even a parent’s work schedule can play a role in making custody decisions.
In the vast majority of cases, the court awards at least some parenting time to both parents. The courts want children to have a strong relationship with both of their parents in an arrangement that’s best for the child’s health and safety. No two cases are exactly alike, so it’s important to carefully prepare your case for the court’s consideration.
Legal and physical custody
There are two types of custody in Staten Island custody law. These are called physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody is who directly cares for the child on a day to day basis. Legal custody is which parent has the right to make big decisions for the child. These decisions concern the child’s health care, education and religious upbringing.
In each case, the court may award joint physical custody or legal custody, or they may award sole custody to either parent. Even if a parent has sole or primary physical custody, they may not have sole legal custody. Generally, the courts honor an agreement about custody if the parents are able to reach one.
How an attorney can help
When you’re facing a custody issue, our team of Staten Island custody attorneys can help. We can explore different strategies for your case. We’ve been there before, and we know what statements need to be in the court paperwork and what evidence you need to gather.
In some cases, you may need to modify a custody agreement that’s already in place. Working with an experienced Staten Island custody lawyer can help you evaluate your case to see if your motion is likely to succeed. We can also handle negotiations with the other parent to see if you can reach an agreement outside of a courtroom.
Our team knows that your children are your top priority. We also know how stressful family court can be. That’s why we make sure our services are both aggressive and compassionate. We’ll work with you to learn about your case and your goals, and then we’ll create a plan to help you achieve success.
How we do it
Our team goes the extra mile to prepare your Staten Island custody case. We may need to interview family and friends. Your child’s school or physician may have important documentation. We know how to gather this evidence, so that we’re ready to present the best case possible when your court day arrives.
If you have a custody matter, please contact us. We’re passionate about advocating for parents and children in all levels of New York courts. Call us today, and we can talk about your case.