Child Custody

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NYC Child Custody Attorney

Help with New York Child Custody Matters

If you are going through a divorce and there are children involved, one of your top priorities will be making sure that they receive the love and care that they need. This is a life-altering situation for them, and you desire the best for their future. Our New York City child custody attorneys at Cohen Forman Barone are passionate about helping you reach your goals in making sure that your children get what is best.

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Sometimes it can be hard for parents to agree on matters related to child custody. With over 20 years of experience advising people through these difficult times, Cohen Forman Barone can help you make good decisions and build a case that meets your needs.

Types of Child Custody in New York

In New York State, there are two basic types of child custody.

Child custody in New York can be either one of the following:

  • Legal Custody
  • Physical Custody

Legal custody gives a parent the right to make important decisions in a child’s life regarding areas like religion, education, and medical care. Legal custody can either be joint or shared custody. Typically, parents will share legal custody, though sometimes it is only granted to one parent. If shared, the parents will need to cooperate and work toward decisions for the child together.

A parent has physical custody when their child lives with them. As with legal custody, physical custody can be joint or shared custody. If physical custody is shared between parents, the common approach is for the child to live with one parent during the week, and then stay with the other parent during the weekend. Alternatively, if the parents live in close proximity to one another, some parents elect to split the time that the child lives with them.

Creating a Parenting Plan That Works for Your Family

When it comes to child custody matters, it's important to prioritize the best interests of your children. At Cohen Forman Barone P.C, our experienced attorneys can help you create a comprehensive parenting plan that works for your unique family situation. Whether you are going through a divorce or separation, our team will work with you to establish a custody arrangement that promotes stability and consistency for your children.

Key elements of a successful parenting plan may include:

  • Custody schedules that consider school, extracurricular activities, and holidays
  • Communication guidelines for co-parenting effectively
  • Decision-making authority for important matters regarding your children
  • Methods for resolving conflicts or disagreements
  • Provisions for modifying the plan as your children's needs change

Mediation and Collaborative Law for Child Custody Disputes

When it comes to resolving child custody disputes, mediation and collaborative law can offer a more amicable and cost-effective alternative to litigation. Our experienced family law attorneys at Cohen Forman Barone P.C are skilled in guiding parents through the mediation or collaborative law process to reach mutually beneficial agreements regarding child custody.

Benefits of mediation and collaborative law for child custody matters include:

  • Reduced conflict and stress for children
  • Customized solutions tailored to your family's unique needs
  • Control over the decision-making process
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Cost savings compared to traditional litigation

Protecting Your Child's Best Interests

When dealing with child custody matters, it's important to prioritize the well-being and best interests of your child. Our experienced team at Cohen Forman Barone P.C understands the sensitive nature of these cases and is dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process with compassion and expertise.

Our goal is to ensure that your child's needs are met and that their safety and happiness are the top priorities in any custody arrangement. We will work tirelessly to advocate for your rights as a parent while keeping the focus on what is best for your child.

Whether you are facing a custody dispute, need to modify an existing agreement, or require assistance with visitation rights, our team is here to provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

Child Custody Decisions in New York

In New York, the standard for determining child custody is always based upon the best interest of the child. There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration by the courts to determine what is in the child’s best interests.

The factors for determining the best interest of the child include the:

  • Presence of any domestic violence in the family
  • Ability of each parent to care for the child
  • Mental health and physical wellbeing of each parent
  • Work schedule of each parent
  • Desires of the child, depending on his or her age
  • Ability of the parents to cooperate with each other

For help with your child custody case, speak to our child custody lawyers in New York City for experienced legal counsel. Contact us today at (212) 577-9314 or online.

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