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Child Custody

For many spouses, custody is the lever used against you to reduce their other financial obligations. It is important that you hire a divorce and custody attorney whose practice is focused exclusively on protecting not only your special relationship with your children, but also your right to child support and spousal support. Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC handle all matters related to divorce and/or custody disputes in New York and can assist you with your child custody needs.

Custody Attorneys Balancing Your Concerns With New York’s Child Custody Laws

Because there is nothing more important to you than the welfare and happiness of your children, it is essential that you understand issues of child custody in New York and how New York courts make decisions related to parenting including legal custody, physical custody and visitation arrangements. The attorneys at the family law firm of Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC are prepared to explain the nuances of child custody in New York and create a unique legal roadmap to attain your child custody goals.

Understanding New York Child Custody Guidelines

There are several aspects of New York child custody, such as:

  • Sole or joint legal custody
  • Sole or primary physical custody
  • Shared physical custody

Generally speaking, New York legal custody refers to the status of who has the authority to make major decisions regarding your child’s upbringing. Though this is a critical decision, the determination of legal custody doesn’t dictate whether or how often a parent spends time with a child.

Physical custody refers to where your child will live and with which parent your child will reside. Parenting time determines how and when a parent without physical custody of a child sees a child.

Determining the Best Parenting Arrangement for Your Children

No matter what your reasons for being involved in a custody dispute, you want to protect your children from as much emotional upheaval as you can. Many couples attempt and successfully achieve a co-parenting arrangement based on a mutual concern for the well being of their children. This is your ideal goal. This amicable arrangement puts a focus on your children’s needs and includes a collaborative approach to parenting.

Your parenting plan may include guidelines for parenting time. This refers to the arrangement for the parent who does not have primary custody to spend meaningful time with the child. In almost all custody and divorce cases in New York involving children, the parent who does not have physical custody of the children will be given parenting time.

If there is a history of child abuse or neglect, you can request supervised parenting time. In rare cases, a court may grant “no parenting time.” If you are worried about your child’s health or safety, be sure to talk to your attorney at Donnnellan & Knussman, PLLC as soon as possible about these critical issues.

Child Support Enforcement in New York

Your top concern is the welfare of your children, and this includes their financial security. The divorce attorneys at Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC are extremely knowledgeable about New York child support laws. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you are awarded the highest amount of child support possible so you can provide a comfortable, stable and healthy home environment for your children.

Contact a New York Child Custody Lawyer Who Specializes in Your Needs

You and your family deserve a positive outcome for your custody case. The attorneys at Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC have over 20 years of experience in matters of New York child custody, co-parenting and New York child support.

We understand that the health and happiness of your child is your #1 concern and we will work with you to address any fears and anxieties that you may have about your child’s future. Our attorneys will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children. Call our office today at (518) 278-4059 to schedule a confidential consultation.

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