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Facing A Complex Child Custody Matter In Nassau County?

When it comes to protecting your rights and relationship with your child, you can count on Jane K. Cristal, P.C. The courts pay special attention to the needs and well-being of the children of divorcing parents. The courts will consider many factors when determining child custody. The primary concern of the family court is the best interests of the child, which includes the stability of the child’s life and other factors. When such critical matters are being decided, make sure the advocate standing by you has the experience necessary to deliver the outcomes you need.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

Child custody is often resolved through mediation, negotiation between the two parents, or with the assistance of legal counsel. In many cases, the court will have the final say in determining the custody arrangement of the child or children.

Court intervention may become necessary in the following circumstances:

  • The two parties are unable to reach an agreement
  • One party is engaging in inappropriate behavior in regard to the children
  • Parental alienation is taking place
  • Unsafe activity is taking place

If a psychological evaluation is necessary, the court will order the appointment of a forensic psychologist to assist in assessing the family so the court can assess the family dynamic and frame a decision that will serve the best interests of the children. If the child is mature enough, his or her opinion will also be considered.

The court will evaluate various attributes of the parents to make their decision, including:

  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Moral behavior
  • Mental stability
  • Health
  • Religious upbringing

Jane K. Cristal, P.C., brings decades of experience to handling all types of custody issues.

Understanding Your Legal Options

There are three child custody options, each containing variations and specific provisions that will accommodate the specific needs of the child. These include:

Sole custody: One parent has physical custody (also referred to as residential custody).

Joint custody: One parent has physical custody of the children while the other has visitation rights. Both parents will consult one another on the major decisions about the child. Your attorney can assist in negotiating whether the parties are obligated to consult and agree or whether they must only consult and one parent still has the right to make the final decisions about their child.

Shared custody: Both parents are considered the “custodial parent,” and the time with the children is shared as equally as possible. Each parent involved is responsible for the children during their existing parenting time period.

If you need to assert your legal rights in regard to child custody, contact a Nassau County child custody lawyer!