Protecting You and Your Child's Best Interests in Monroe County & Rochester, NY
Assessing child custody and visitation rights in New York is not an easy matter.
When you need a local (whether it be Livonia, Dansville, Rochester, or Bath, or Warsaw) child custody attorney experience to view your family court case from every possible angle, contact the attorneys at Duke Law Firm, P.C.
Our child custody attorneys serve clients with attentiveness and responsiveness in Livingston, Wyoming, Monroe, Steuben, Wayne, Ontario, Allegany, Genesee, and Orleans counties.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Child Custody?
It is recommended to hire a child custody attorney to have an influential advocate on your side, particularly in complex situations or in cases where the other side has counsel.
There are many reasons you should hire a lawyer, from having an attorney to guide you through the court process to having on your side with the necessary experience to guide you in the outcome of your custody arrangement.
Types of Custody in New York State
Sole custody is when one parent has decision-making authority and the noncustodial parent does not have significant rights to information regarding the children.
Joint custody is when the parents are both involved in decision-making and have open access to all records of the children.
Whether custody is sole or joint, unless there is a history of abuse or significant criminal behavior, having a child spend significant time with both parents is the court’s strong preference.
Before making an order or authorizing any custody agreement, the court may consider additional factors, such as the child’s preferences or the testimony of an assigned child psychologist.
At What Age Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With in NY?
A child can decide which parent they choose to live with within New York at age 18.
Additionally, the child is no longer subject to an order of custody and can decide where they want to live once they attain the age of 18.
Nevertheless, most NY courts hesitate to go against the wishes of a child age 15 or older unless their decision places them in immediate risk of physical harm, and some courts will not substantially go against the sound preference of any teenager or intelligent pre-teen in a custody case.
Let Our Child Custody Lawyers Help You Craft a Visitation Plan
The family court system is incredibly busy.
When crafting a visitation schedule, the courts will simply not have or take the time to properly consider and incorporate complicated factors, such as an atypical work schedule.
This is a major drawback of contested family law cases.
Any agreement affecting the children will be reviewed by the court and only approved if it appears to be in the child’s best interests.
When the court makes a determination after a hearing/ trial, the goal is to protect each parent’s right to be a parent, while emphasizing the child’s best interests. After a trial, most often neither parent has the schedule or terms they wanted in their final custody order. Therefore, a well-crafted custody and visitation plan can be in everyone’s best interests even if it means both sides must give a little to get one completed. Our attorneys use years of experience to see all the terms and nuances of a workable agreement are negotiated so you can have a plan which works in your children’s best interests.
Take Emotion Out of the Equation
Our over 25 years of experience allow us to see the long-term implications of our clients’ cases.
As a result, our first priority is always to resolve your family law case with as little animosity and acrimony as possible. Reducing the tension allows both parties to continue partnering on parenting their children.
If the other party, however, is being unreasonable, we will not hesitate to take your family law case to court.
Do You Really Need A Lawyer For Child Custody In New York?
Filing for custody might become a bit more complicated without a lawyer is when one parent wants to file for either sole physical or legal custody.
You need to make sure you thoroughly understand the New York state’s child custody laws.
A family attorney can help guide you through every challenge of your family law case.
Turn to the Attorneys at Duke Law Firm, P.C.
If you need a lawyer’s assistance with your child custody case or other family law concerns, you can reach out to our team.
Call Us at 585-449-4987 or contact us online. Our attorneys are available for consultations, virtually or in-person, and you may conveniently schedule your appointment by either using the scheduler found at the upper right corner on this page or by calling our office.
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