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Child Custody & Visitiation Rights After Divorce

Determining custody and visitation rights between a divorced or unmarried couple can be quite strenuous. It is rarely agreeable and even in the best case scenario an objective eye is needed to finalize the arrangements. More often than not, it falls upon the courts to make a determination – a situation that may or may not favor the outcome you seek.

If you are currently dealing with a custody or visitation dispute, it is vital that you retain experienced counsel to represent your interests and the needs of your children.

For over two decades, the Nassau County family law attorneys the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, have provided in-depth and knowledgeable counsel to Long Island parents undergoing custody-related proceedings. We offer the kind of experienced and client-focused representation you need, and should expect, from a family law firm.

Call (516) 227-5353 today or contact us online for more information.

But don't delay. The sooner we are able to begin researching and building your case, the better your chances will be at a favorable outcome. Contact Attorney Paul A. Boronow today and schedule an initial case consultation.

How Does ANY New York Court Decide Custody?

When it comes to establishing custody and visitation schedules between separating parents in New York, there are a number of factors that come into play. Some of the more common questions encountered include:

  • What is the relationship between the child and the parent in question?
  • How is the health of both parents?
  • Is one parent more financially stable than the other?
  • Where does either parent live in relation to the child's school?
  • Is there currently, or has there ever been, a history of abuse with one parent or another?

Ultimately, each one of these considerations is underscored by the primary question: Does the final ruling serve the best interest of the child? Generally speaking, New York courts focus on who in the relationship has operated as the primary caretaker. Historically, that falls to the mother in the relationship; however, as more fathers have taken on the role of primary caretaker in recent years, there has been a shift in rulings. It is important to note that the law in New York is gender-neutral; therefore, there is no predisposed stance when it comes to who is awarded custody.

Additionally, once custody has been established it can always be changed at a later date, provided there is clear evidence that the parent's or the child's circumstances have been altered.

Are There Different Types of Custody in NY?

In the state of New York, there are a number of variations in regards to custodial arrangements – all of which have specific rights and limitations. They are as follows:

Legal Custody

A parent who retains legal custody of their child, whether it is sole or joint, has the right and obligation to make all major decisions in a child's life. Questions of schooling, medical care and treatment fall under this category.

Physical Custody

Parents who are granted physical custody are able to have their children live with them. In most cases this means the other parent is given legal custody and a visitation schedule; however, cases of split physical custody have also been known to occur.

Joint Custody / Shared Custody

Parents who don't live together have joint custody (also called shared custody) when they agree, or a court orders them, to share the decision-making responsibilities for, and/or physical control and custody of, their children.

Sole Custody

Generally reserved for situations that involve an unfit or potentially dangerous parent, sole custody is awarded to one parent who maintains control over every aspect of the child's upbringing.

Call the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC Today

If you are currently involved in custody proceedings, are interested in an application for custody or have recently received a summons, contact our Long Island office at your earliest convenience. The number is 516-227-5353. Our Nassau County family law team is here to help guide you through the process and protect your rights at every turn. Don't wait until it is too late – call today.

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