Helping Same-Sex Parents Protect Their Custodial Rights
The laws pertaining to same-sex couples and child custody are still evolving. Each case is handled differently depending on the assigned judge and county in which the legal matter takes place. Making certain you have every available ace in your hand when it comes to gay and lesbian child custody rights is critical to achieving your desired outcome.
At The Mandel Law Firm in New York City, we recognize the importance of being especially creative when it comes to same-sex couple child custody issues. Our experienced lawyers are well-prepared to be in the forefront of this developing area of the law and are willing to go the extra mile to see that your child custody rights as a parent, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are upheld. Contact us today to arrange a consultation to discuss your goals and how we may help you achieve them.
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Same-Sex Couple Adoption and Child Custody
In many gay and lesbian relationships, one of the partners may be the biological parent of the couple's child. If the couple were to split without having the non-biological, or second parent, formally adopt the child, the biological parent will most likely be granted sole custody of the child, and the non-biological, or non-adoptive parent, may not have the right to seek custody or even visitation with the child.
Although, in a rare number of cases, we have been able to secure custody for a non-biological, nonadoptive parent, as Steven Mandel says, "It is better to keep our clients out of trouble proactively than have to get them out of trouble or help them through a difficult situation."
Reaching a Child Custody and Visitation Agreement
In every child custody case, the best interests of the child are the focus. Therefore, everything possible must be done to help you maintain a close relationship with your child, even if your partnership or marriage dissolves. Child custody matters can be handled at any time — before, during or even after the relationship ends.
It is usually our preference to determine child custody and visitation issues through a negotiated resolution when at all possible. Mutually acceptable agreements made between two parents can be a vital part of maintaining amicable communication while co-parenting. However, when an acceptable agreement cannot be reached outside of the courtroom, our experienced team aims to be the best trial lawyers by being prepared to prove to the judge the best interests of your child would be served by ruling in your favor.
"If you want things to happen, you have to make them happen." — Attorney Steven J. Mandel
Contact Us for a Consultation With an Experienced Child Custody Attorney for Same-Sex Couples
If you have questions or concerns regarding your child custody rights as an LGBT parent, contact us online, or by telephone toll free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (646) 770-3868 to speak with an experienced lawyer who can offer you honest answers and straightforward advice during your consultation.