Mothers’ Rights in New York | What to Know

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Mothers and fathers have rights when determining child custody. If you are seeking custody as a mother in New York, it is important that you speak with our Nassau County mother’s rights lawyer. Our legal team is prepared to protect your rights as a mother. To learn more about our service and how we can assist you, give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.

What should I know about mothers’ rights in New York?

If you are facing a custody battle as a mother, you should understand that you are afforded various rights. A mother has a right to custody of her child if she is parentally fit and does not pose any risk towards her child. If a mother is accused of any of the following, she will have to aggressively fight for custody with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney:

  • A drug addiction
  • Mental impairment
  • A documented history of poor parenting
  • Exposing the child to an act of domestic violence

Courts are more impartial in today’s day in age when determining child custody agreements. However, there is still a slight bias towards mothers. It is important to note that children under the age of two are seldom separated from their mothers. Children under the age of 14 will often continue living with their mothers primarily as well.

If you are a mother who is seeking custody and your co-parent is fighting to reduce are eliminate your custody or visitation, there is still a real risk of losing custody. This is why it is so important to retain the services of a Nassau County family law attorney who will fight for your rights as a mother in New York. Our legal team understands how important and emotional these family law matters can be. We will do everything in our power to attain a positive result for you and your child.

To learn more about our legal team at Barrows Levy and how our team can assist you, do not hesitate to contact our firm today. Our firm is prepared to work towards the best possible outcome of your family law matters, no matter the circumstances. Give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Barrows Levy PLLC is a dedicated New York law firm focused on providing quality legal services to clients in New York City and Long Island. If you require a lawyer who has notable experience handling family and estate planning matters, we are available to help. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. 

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