How Can I Protect My Parental Rights in My Divorce?

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Both mothers and fathers have parental rights when it comes to determining child custody in a divorce. With this, it is important that you take the right actions to preserve your role in your child’s life. Follow along to learn how a proficient Nassau County mothers’ rights lawyer or a Nassau County fathers’ rights lawyer at Barrows Levy PLLC can work to protect the relationship you and your child have built.

What are ways that I can protect my parental rights in my divorce?

Undergoing a divorce can be extremely overwhelming and emotional. However, during your settlement agreements, you must still place your child as a priority in your life. That is, you should still spend quality time with them and keep their routine as normal as possible. Overall, this may help you prove to the New York court that you are capable of parenting under these circumstances.

Additionally, it is important that you talk with your spouse to figure out how the two of you can co-parent once your divorce is finalized. This conversation can cover a temporary arrangement for visitation and can even kickstart how you will settle your custody issues in your case.

With this conversation, you and your spouse can also decide on a parenting plan to bring to the court that specifies when and how often you and your spouse will see your child, how you will transport your child between visits, and how you will communicate when making these types of decisions.

How else can I protect my parental rights in my divorce?

It can be beneficial to document all that you do for your child to better prove your relationship with your child. This may include the caretaking duties you fulfill and what you purchase for them.

On the other hand, it may also help to document all interference with your parental rights, if applicable. That is, if you have ever been denied access to your child, you must document these incidents by keeping track of text messages or emails that prove this. You can also collect proof that your co-parent has not attempted to maintain a relationship with your child.

And lastly, it is in your best interest to retain the services of one of our talented attorneys as soon as you are made aware of your imminent divorce. Our team is well versed in New York’s child custody laws and we will assist you if your parental rights are being violated or are in need of protection.


If you need a Nassau County lawyer who has significant experience handling family and estate planning matters, contact Barrows Levy PLLC to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. 

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