Nassau County Child Custody Lawyers
Protect Your Children in Nassau & Suffolk Counties
Child custody is a legal matter that may be agreed upon by the parents during
mediation or negotiation, or it may be decided by a court. In the event the parties
are unable to reach agreement on a custodial arrangement, the court will
generally appoint an attorney for the children. If the parties remain
unable to decide on the best custodial arrangement for the family, counsel
may seek psychological evaluation (forensics) of the parties.
Ultimately, the court will schedule a custody trial. Depending on the age
and maturity of the children, the children's preference may be taken
into account. Under each custodial arrangement, the issue of
child support must be analyzed and resolved. Regardless of the situation in which custody
is determined, having a Nassau County child custody attorney through the
process is an essential aspect.
You can reach the divorce attorneys Jane K. Cristal, P.C. at (800) 817-5029.
Knowledge is Power: Types of Child Custody
In New York, child custody may be awarded in several different ways.
- Parents or the court may decide on the following:
Sole Custody: One parent has (i)
physical custody, also known as residential custody of the children, which includes the
right to make the day-to-day decisions and (ii)
legal custody, the right to make the major decisions affecting the health, education
and general welfare of the Children, subject to the schedule of parenting-time
or visitation of the other parent.
Joint Custody: One parent may have
physical custody of the children, subject to the parenting time of the other parent, and
both parents together have
legal custody, the right to jointly make the major decisions affecting the health, education
and general welfare of the children. Generally, counsel will focus negotiations
on (i) whether or not one party will have the right to make the final
decision; (ii) whether parties must consult and agree with one another,
or (iii) only consult.
Shared Custody: Each party becomes a custodial parent in the sense that the parenting
time will be equalized to the extent possible; each party will be responsible
for the children during his or her parenting time period, and in the event
the parent is unavailable he or she must seek child care services unless
an arrangement is made with the other parent. This is an uncommon form
of custody and can be established by agreement between the parties; it
cannot be imposed on the parties by the court. Friendship between the
parties and their mutual concern for the best interests of the children
form the basis for this type of custodial arrangement.
Do you have questions about child custody and how this may be decided in
your case? Do not hesitate to discuss your custody concerns with the Nassau
County divorce lawyers atJane K. Cristal, P.C. We have 80+ years of collective
insight and experience, providing honest and sincere legal representation
for clients in every case.
We are ready to hear from you. Call our firm at (800) 817-5029 to schedule