New York residents may agree that divorce often becomes much more complicated when children are involved. Many times, children feel insecure when their parents fight over child custody issues. Hence, in the best interest of the child, courts across the country, including those in New York, usually award one parent custody of the child; the other parent is ordered to pay child support and is awarded visitation rights. However, child custody disputes still occur.
The Mandel Law firm works with spouses in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Nassau counties and in other parts of the New York area. We help parents to reach an agreement about child custody that is in the best interest of the child. The attorneys understand that being in the middle of a custody battle can upset the child, who loves both parents and probably has the desire for the parents to stay together. After all, most attorneys are parents and they have experienced the joys and tribulations of parenthood just as much as other parents.
In New York, there are two types of child custody. First, there is physical custody, which refers to the where the child primarily lives; second, there is legal custody. Legal custody refers to the parent who has the authority to makes decisions regarding the child's education, health and welfare. All different types of child custody arrangements are possible. It is also possible for a parent to have sole physical custody or sole legal custody. It is often a good idea to consult an experienced attorney about potential options, who can both advise you and draft a physical or legal custody agreement.
The attorneys at the Mandel Law Firm believe that both parents, regardless of who has custody of the child, have the right to nurture the child. That is why parenting time is so essential to the child's development. The attorneys can help with many different aspects of child custody, including international child custody issues, relocation of the parents, parenting plan modifications and grandparents' visitation rights.