Agreeing upon the best arrangement of child custody is often the most contested and emotionally difficult part of a divorce. Top child custody lawyers are able to work with his clients in a compassionate manner, while helping you achieve your ideal outcome.
The family court in NYC will do what is in the best interests of the children and will look at a number of factors when determining custody arrangements including which parent has been the primary caregiver, strength of parenting skills, health of the parents and the children, parental work schedules, siblings or extended family relationships, and the desires of the children. It is the responsibility of your lawyer to help prove that you are and have been this parent.
Legal custody of a child involves the right and responsibility to make decisions for the child, and residential or physical child custody in New York involves where the child will live.
In a sole custody arrangement, just one parent has the right to make major decisions for the child. Joint custody means that both parents make major decisions about the most important areas of the child's life. This includes decisions about schools, religion, and health. Other, less important decisions are made by the parent who is physically caring for the child at that particular time. Your lawyer will approach your case fighting for the type of custody you desire.
When deciding on an appropriate arrangement for child custody, New York law states that both parents have a duty to support their children. Usually, this is accomplished by having the non-custodial parent pay support to the custodial parent but it can quickly turn into a complicated calculation, which must be handled by a lawyer who is highly experienced dealing with family court in NYC and surrounding areas.
Michael Ian Black, an accomplished child custody lawyer in NYC, will work with you and fight for the best custodial and financial arrangement for you and your children. With more than 40 years of experience in divorce and family law, Mr. Black will fight for what you want and provide the compassionate, caring, respectful guidance that you need during this difficult time.