Child custody describes the legal relationship between a parent and child. During a divorce, these issues are often some of the most contentious matters that need to be settled. They are also some of the most important, as maintaining your children's way of life can help ease them into this new situation.
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In the state of New York, neither parent has the right to the custody of their child and either parent can petition the court for full or joint custody. This is always decided by what's in the best interests of the child and the court often favors joint custody, when both parents can agree.
There are two different types of custody in New York:
The legal team at HD Family Law Group strives to negotiate on behalf of our client while working with your ex-spouse's attorney to come to an agreement during court negotiations on custody plans and visitation issues. This can allow you and your family to avoid costly and stressful court battles and help protect your children from additional anxiety.
The law presumes it is in the best interest of the child to have a meaningful relationship with both parents, except in cases of abuse and severe neglect. At the HD Family Law Group, we strive to see that the children benefit from the best that each parent has to offer. While aiming to minimize our client's stress level and the amount of tension usually present in custody and visitation matters.
If an agreement cannot be reached, a judge determines custody and visitation. Our New York divorce and family law attorneys have a strong track record of producing favorable outcomes for our clients. We are armed us with a thorough understanding of how to present the strongest possible case.
We frequently consult the attorney for the child or children in custody and visitation cases. This attorney is appointed to represent the child and fight for their wishes and best interest. Our attorneys have also served as lawyers for children throughout NY and have personal knowledge of this important role.
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