CUSTODY and VISITATION
The Law Office of Martin Mohr handles child custody cases. We help clients determine the best way to reach a child custody agreement that is beneficial for your family. Each case can hold its own unique challenges. When our clients understand all of the options available, it increases the chances of creating a child custody agreement that best suits the needs of the children. If the child custody issues become contentious and can not be resolved, we are prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf.
LEGAL CUSTODY OF CHILDREN
Legal custody of the children refers to which parent has the right to make major decisions in the lives of their children. New York courts presume that parents will share joint legal custody of their children, meaning they share the same amount of responsibility when it comes to making decisions about the children’s education, healthcare, religion and other aspects of their lives. Joint custody arrangements require a collaborative effort between the parents. Legal custody, however, is determined on a case by case basis, and in some situations, the court may award one parent sole legal custody of the children.
PHYSICAL CUSTODY AND VISITATION
Physical custody is completely separate from legal custody and refers to the amount of time the children spend with each parent. These time periods are usually called visitation or parenting time, and they vary greatly depending upon the circumstances of the parties and the age of the children. If the children are with one parent a majority of the time, that parent is typically referred to as the “primary custodian,” or “physical custodian.”
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DETERMINING CHILD CUSTODY
The legal standard by which the court will determine child custody is what is in “the best interests of the child.” In order to minimize the trauma of an unhealthy custody arrangement, the parties should always remain focused on this standard, taking into account such things as the age of the children, their emotional well-being, and their present and former relationships with each parent.
CALL TO SPEAK WITH A CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER
We are a client-focused firm that will protect your needs and those of your children. If you need more family law information regarding child custody arrangements, contact us at (718) 293-1542 to schedule an initial consultation.