CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION
Keeping the Focus on the Child in Child Custody & Visitation Cases
The Mandel Law Firm works hard to ensure that all parties remember that the real focus in any custody dispute is the child. We work with parents in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and Nassau counties, and throughout the New York City metro area to reach a result that is in the best interests of the child and works for all parties involved.
Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. Our child custody & visitation attorneys are parents themselves, so they understand the joys and rewards, trials and tribulations of parenthood. Contact a New York child custody attorney today for experienced and compassionate representation.
Representation in Child Custody & Visitation Matters
Visitation (Parenting Time)
“The ability to win a child custody case is an art, not a science” – Steven J. Mandel
Which Parent Will Get Custody?
Who will get custody of your child is not a foregone conclusion. Simply because you’re a father doesn’t mean you can’t get custody of your child, and just because you’re a mother does not mean you will automatically get custody of your child. You need an experienced, knowledgeable child custody & visitation attorney from The Mandel Law Firm to help you achieve your goals.
A former client of ours, a father for whom we recently won sole custody of his 4-year-old daughter after a long and bitter trial, was so overcome with emotion when we informed him of his victory that he literally could not speak. So he simply emailed us:
“Thank you so much for your amazing work — it truly is the best present for New Years and my birthday!!!!
The best decision I made was to go with Mandel Law Firm and I never regretted it.”
Joint Custody or Sole Custody
It is a common misconception that courts will impose joint custody on parents in New York State; they will not. Joint custody is an arrangement made between the parents to jointly agree on all issues concerning the health, education, religion, and general welfare of the child. In New York, it is not something that will be imposed by the courts upon hostile parties.
Joint custody is a viable option only if the parents have an amicable relationship and can communicate well in matters that affect the child. If the parents are not on friendly enough terms, chances are that the joint decision-making required in “joint custody” will result in more disagreements and conflict. In that case, the court will select one parent to be the sole decision maker, who will have what is referred to as “legal custody” of the child.
In child custody cases – “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away; and know when to fight.”
Our knowledge and skill in the child custody arena is unquestioned. We take to trial only those cases in which we believe litigation is the best option. For those cases where trial may not be appropriate, we will counsel you and diligently work to negotiate an amicable resolution that will best satisfy your needs and desires. You can be assured that when we do accept a case, we will do whatever it takes, within the full extent of the law, to pursue the desired and best result.
We work with you to set reasonable, realistic expectations about the outcome of your case. If an investigation is required, we consult private investigators who can uncover important information relevant to the habits and lifestyle of the other parent. If necessary, we may ask a psychologist or social worker to evaluate the mental health of a parent or child, provide a home evaluation and even assist in the preparation for trial.
Emergency Applications for Custody
Contact Us · Joint and Sole Custody Attorneys · Long Island, New York City and WestchesterIt is always a good idea to seek counsel as early in the process as possible, before relations become acrimonious and positions entrenched. Contact us today — we will be there for you. You can reach us online, or by telephone toll free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (646) 770-3868.
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