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Protecting the bond between a father and a child is a worthy pursuit. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, children who grow up fatherless are at a greater risk of engaging in alcohol and drug abuse. The same kids are also at a higher risk of dropping out of school. A child without a present father has little chance of succeeding in life and becoming a productive member of society. Sadly, divorce introduces a new dynamic to the family unit. In most cases, more privileges are given to the mother, and the father is left fighting for his rights. If a divorce has put you in the back seat of your children’s lives, then you need to fight for your rights. The best way to do this is to arm yourself with a father’s right or family lawyer.

What is Guardianship?

The term Guardianship is used to describe a legal arrangement where a court grants a person the legal right to make decisions for another individual who is unable to make decisions for themselves.  This individual could be a child, an incapacitated adult or a person who is developmentally disabled.

In the state of New York, guardianship cases are handled by the Family Court, Supreme Court or Surrogate’s Court, depending on the type of guardianship being sought and the person over whom guardianship is requested.

Guardianship Terminology

In a guardianship, one individual is given the legal right to make a decision for another.

The Guardian. This is the individual who is appointed by the court to have the legal right to make decisions for the other person. Anyone can make an application.  To be a guardian, you must be over the age of 18 and a legal resident or citizen of the United States. A person with a criminal record might not be able to serve as a guardian. A Judge will make the final decision of who can be the guardian.

The Ward. This is the person for whom the Guardian makes decisions. A Ward may not have the cognitive or communicative capacity to make sound decisions for themselves or be able to give their informed consent for personal, medical, or financial matters. The Ward can also be referred to as the Guardianee.

The Four Types of Guardianship in Yonkers

In Yonkers, a guardian can have guardianship over different aspects of a ward’s life:

Guardian of the person. A guardian of the person can make life choices for the ward.  These choices can include health care, education and welfare decisions.

Guardian of the property. A guardian of the property takes care of decisions regarding the ward’s money, investments and savings as directed by a Judge. A guardian of the property is required to file an annual report about the ward’s property.

Guardian of the person and property. This type of guardian has responsibility over both the ward’s life decision and the ward’s property.

Guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem gets assigned by a Judge to act on behalf of a person during a court case when they are not able to defend their rights or protect their own interests for themselves.

Depending on who the Ward is and how much help that individual needs, a guardianship case is filed in Family Court, Surrogate’s Court, or Supreme Court.

Petitioning for Guardianship of a Child

A guardianship case can be commenced by filing an application called “Petition for Appointment of Guardian” in the county where the child resides. This paperwork can be filed in either Surrogate’s Court or the Family Court. Both the Surrogate’s Court and the Family Court are empowered to appoint a guardian of the person for a child. That said, if a child requires a guardian of the property then the petition must be filed in Surrogate’s Court. The Judge officially appoints someone to be a guardian by way of a court order called “letters of guardianship”.  This order will specify the type of guardianship that has been awarded.

Before a legal guardian can be appointed for a child, both parents and any child who is over 14 years of age and is not mentally, physically or developmentally disabled must give their consent. This means that he or she understands what will happen if a legal guardian is appointed for the child. The Court will take the child’s preferences into account when deciding. In some scenarios, the Judge will appoint a guardian even if the parent or child refuses to give permission or they disagree with the guardianship.

Note: A guardian can also be named by the parents or legal guardian of a minor child in a Will. This person will become the legal guardian only after the parent dies before the child turns 18.  The Judge at Surrogate’s Court must also approve the person to be a guardian.

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The Need for Legal Expertise

Contrary to common belief, child visitation is not an automatic right for any of the parents. The courts deem this as the child’s right. This means that it is upon you to demonstrate to the court how your presence in the child’s life benefits the child. The burden of proof is therefore on you. When the courts make a decision based on paternity rights and visitations, they do this in the best interest of the child. This is why as a father defending his rights, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice and expertise.

The family lawyer will help you prepare a defense to prove to the court that you deserve to be in your child’s life. If the divorce was messy, you can be sure that your ex-partner will try to paint you in a negative light before the courts. You will, therefore, have to deal with the negative accusations and still demonstrate that you are a good father.

Complex Guardianship and Paternity Laws

New York laws concerning fathers rights are complex. For starters, you need to understand the law before you attempt to make a case for yourself. This is why a family law lawyer is your greatest arsenal. These lawyers have vast experience. They have also represented many clients before, and they understand the system. Paternity and guardianship cases are often emotional. It, therefore, becomes easy for you to lose your temper when your rights are threatened. Given the fact that you are too emotionally attached, you need to let a family lawyer handle the case. A temper can jeopardize your case and present you in a negative light.

Tips to Winning Guardianship and Paternity Rights

  • Be solution oriented. When all is said and done the courts will be looking for a solution. Instead of focusing on the past, you need to have the present and future in mind. Offer solutions to the judge instead of playing the victim.
  • Do not engage in a blame game. Blaming your partner for everything does not help your case much. You need to remain focused on the future and what is at stake. The court will view you as the mature partner if you do not engage in a blame cycle.
  • Take parenting classes. There are parenting classes available to fathers to help them cope with a divorce. Enrolling in these classes proves to the court that you are serious about your children and their welfare.

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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
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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.

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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.

~ 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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