New York Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer, Long Island
Helping Parents in Suffolk County Resolve Custody Issues
The benchmark for child custody decisions in New York courts is “the best interests of the child.” While most parents agree that their child’s best interests take priority, they may dispute what constitutes the child’s best interests. At Long Island Divorce Solutions, our New York divorce lawyers can help you resolve custody issues.
Some conflict is common during divorce and child custody is frequently a disputed matter. One parent may believe he or she is better suited to decide about the child’s education, religion and healthcare. Or a parent may feel that the child should reside exclusively with him or her, only allowing visitation for the other parent.
Various types of parenting arrangements are available.
Types of Custody
Legal custody refers to the right to make major decisions about the child’s upbringing, mainly the child’s education, religion, and healthcare. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child primarily lives.
Custody can also be sole or joint. Joint custody provides both parents with rights to make legal custody decisions. Sole custody assigns legal decision rights to one parent and not the other.
The courts are more inclined to grant joint custody when:
• Divorce is uncontested
• Both parents want to share custody
• Parents get along well enough to make decisions together
• Couples can also arrange for shared physical custody where the child spends equal time living with each parent.
• NY Courts typically award sole custody in contested custody divorces or when one parent has a criminal, domestic violence or substance abuse history or otherwise appears incapable of making decisions that are in the child’s best interests.
Advantages of Parents Making Custody Decisions
Resolving all conflicts about custody outside of court allows you and your spouse to be in control of custody arrangements. Various approaches can assist parents with settling their disagreements, such as alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and collaborative law.
Leaving decisions in the hands of the courts may result in outcomes that neither parent desired.
Judges actually prefer divorces where couples resolve all the custody details and are able to work together for the good of their children. These types of divorces create less stress for both children and parents.
Rely on Experienced New York Child Custody Lawyers on Long Island Our experienced Long Island divorce lawyers can assist you with custody issues. Call Long Island Divorce Solutions at (631) 539-9610 or fill out and submit the form below.