Our team of Staten Island father’s rights attorneys believe that children should have a strong relationship with both of their parents. However, the State of New York has no presumption of joint custody. That’s why it’s important to work with a trained and experienced Staten Island father’s rights lawyer in order to bring your case to the court for equal or primary custody and parenting time.
Helping fathers in New York custody cases
Advocating for deserving fathers poses some unique challenges. Because there’s no presumption that the court should place a child equally with both parents, the court looks at the entire case to determine what’s best for the child. That means, you need to thoroughly show the court how and why you’re critically important in your children’s lives.
Fighting for a father’s rights can often seem like you’re on the defensive. You may need to defend against allegations of domestic violence. You may even need to show that your work schedule doesn’t prevent you from providing care for the child. It might be that you need to show the court that you’ve been actively involved in the child’s life until now, or that you haven’t been able to participate in your child’s life because of the other parent’s attempts to stop you from having access to the child that you love.
How we can help
Whatever the case might be, our team of Staten Island father’s rights lawyers are ready to help. We can help explain New York custody laws and how they might apply to your case. The court bases their decisions on the best interests of the child. When they determine the child’s best interests, they look at the parenting skills of both parents. They look at whether the parents can cooperate to raise the child together.
We’re familiar with how the court decides these cases, and we’re ready to help you prepare your case. You may need to testify about your involvement with your child. We may need to call teachers, day care providers and family friends to testify about your close relationship with your child. We can prepare legal arguments that show the court how New York law applies to the case in your favor.
Enforcing a custody order
If you find yourself in a situation where your co-parent is preventing you from spending time with your child under a court order, you may need to go to court in order to enforce the custody order. Once a custody order is in place, both parties have to follow it. The child’s co-parent can’t deny your court-ordered parenting time. It isn’t up to them.
Our team can help you prepare a motion to enforce the custody order. You can ask the court for makeup parenting time. If the child’s other parent tries to frustrate your attempts to exercise your parenting time enough, the court may even consider a permanent change in custody.
Why work with us
Fathers often feel railroaded by New York’s family court system. It’s important to have a team of Staten Island attorneys on your side. Your attorneys can make sure that you take the proper steps to demand your parenting rights in order to preserve a strong relationship with your child. We’re eager to help you gather evidence and present your case. If you have a family law case, please call us today.