New York City Child Custody Attorney
Family Lawyer in New York City for Child Custody Matters
The most difficult part of a
divorce where children are involved is the separation of the children from each
parent. It breaks our hearts as parents, and causes immeasurable anguish
and fear for most children. At H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C.,
P.C., we understand how hard it is to part with your daily routine of
living with your children.
Our family law attorneys in New York City strive to keep you connected with your children throughout
the divorce process and after the final decree has been signed by a judge.
Establishing a Fair Custody Arrangement
Getting a fair child custody arrangement can be extremely difficult if
one of the parties is not represented by counsel. The court will attempt
to do what is in the best interest of the children, but without a qualified
and experienced family law attorney fighting for your rights as a parents,
situations arise which are almost impossible for the layperson to overcome.
Accusations of irresponsible behavior, drug use, alcohol abuse, or other
illegal behavior are often leveled at one parent in an effort to discredit
them and keep them away from their most cherished relationships, those
of their children. Without legal representation, parents can be steamrolled
by opposing counsel and end up losing most if not all of their rights
as a custodial parent.
H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. is the right choice for you, here
are some reasons why:
- Attorney Perez has a 10.0 "Superb" Avvo Rating
- We've received the Avvo® Client's Choice Award
- Our clients come first
When partnered with our firm, you can rest assured that we are fighting
for you. Our main priority is helping our clients and our Avvo ratings
and awards are proof of the quality legal representation that we provide
Contact us at (646) 770-0989 for help in your custody battle!
How is Custody Determined in New York City?
Generally, the court will come up with some sort of visitation custody
arrangement where both parents are involved in the children's lives.
There are certain situations; however, in which the children are in danger
while in the care of one parent, such as cases in which the mother and father
- Is an alcohol or drug addict
- Suffers from mental illness
- Has a history of committing acts of domestic violence or abus
Even then, the court may order chaperoned
visitation. Other times, one parent may receive sole custody and the other 'unfit'
parent will not.
The guiding principle in child custody court decisions will be based upon
what is deemed to be in "the best interests of the child." Your own concerns about the safety of health of your children are
far less important if not supported by substantial evidence and testimony.
If you believe that your children are in any way endangered while in the
care of the other parent, it is imperative that there is compelling evidence
presented to the court that fully supports this claim.
Child Custody Forms in New York
There are several types of custody arrangements that are common under state
law such as:
Joint Physical Custody: The child has two homes and spends time at each residence
Joint Legal Custody: Parents have shared custody and share decision making for certain aspects
of the child's life
Legal Custody: One or both parents have the legal ability to make decisions (medical,
religious, schooling, etc.)
Sole Custody: This is sought after in situations where it is unsafe for the other parent
to be around the child
The court will follow a specific formula if you have not been successful
in working out these details with the other parent. As the best interests
of the child are of greatest concern, you can expect the court to question
you heavily if your parenting plan does not appear to reflect this approach.
Our firm is highly skilled in all custody matters, and is prepared to
assist you immediately. If you have questions or concerns about this process,
contact us and we can advise you how to proceed with pursuing your objectives
regarding the custody of your child.
Work with an Award-Winning Child Custody Attorney
Once a child custody arrangement is actually reached, disgruntled ex-spouses
are notorious for using the children as a weapon against their ex-spouse.
Without savvy, skilled legal representation, the results can be disastrous
for the children as well as the targeted parent. Don't let yourself
be run over by another lawyer or your ex-spouse in a court of law.
The court can only do so much for you on your behalf. Many parents expect
the courts to protect their child custody interests for them, but this
is rarely the case. You must have a competent, highly trained advocate
in your corner in order to ensure that your children's best interests
are looked after.
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