There is nothing more important to a parent than being able to raise and care for his or her child, which is why if you are a divorcing parent, the most important thing you can do is hire an experienced Nassau County child custody lawyer who will fight for your child’s best interests through every step of the legal process ahead. Our firm has handled countless child custody cases over the years, and you have our pledge to effectively handle yours as well. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC today to learn more about how we can guide you through every step of the legal process ahead.
We Advocate for You and Your Child
When parents are in a contested divorce, there is a very good chance that they cannot agree on child custody terms as well. Unfortunately, child custody battles, at times, are extremely contentious, which is why you simply cannot afford to proceed without the services of a skilled Nassau County family law attorney on your side. We understand the importance of these cases, and we know that as a parent, your child is your number one priority. From the moment you sit down with our firm, you will feel comfortable knowing you and your child are in good hands, as we provide you with the personalized and compassionate legal representation you and your child require.
Physical vs. Legal Custody in NYS
Here in New York State, there are two types of child custody: physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to which parent the child will live with for the majority of the time, and legal custody gives a parent the authority to make critical life decisions on behalf of a child, including those involving education, religion, healthcare, and more. In most cases, courts will prefer to split joint custody evenly between parents, however, there are times where one parent will receive sole custody of the child. Retaining skilled representation for child custody matters can make a world of difference, and our firm is here to help you and your child in any way we can.
How NYS Courts Determine Child Custody
Nassau County courts will consider a wide array of factors when determining a child custody agreement, however, you should understand that they will primarily consider your child’s best interests above all else. Some of the additional factors that Nassau County courts will consider when determining child custody agreements are as follows:
- The needs of your child
- The geographic location of both parents’ homes
- Whether both parents are parentally fit
- Whether both parents can offer a stable home
- Whether both parents are capable of financially and emotionally supporting and raising the child
- Whether there has been any history of domestic violence or substance abuse
- The relationship between the parents and their child
- Whether the parents are capable of abiding by the terms of their custody agreement
- The age and number of children both parents have together
- Whether the child’s educational needs will be impacted
- If the child is old or mature enough, his or her preference regarding the terms of the custody agreement
Keep in mind that these are just some of the terms that courts will consider when determining your child custody agreement, and they will take into account any other factor that they deem relevant to your particular situation.
Modifying Child Custody Terms
Fortunately for many parents who were either denied custody or otherwise wish to change their child custody agreement in the months or years after their custody agreement was reached, they may seek a child custody modification with the assistance of a knowledgeable Nassau County post-judgment modification lawyer. For example, if you someone who was initially denied child custody on the basis of a substance abuse issue, though you can now prove that you sought professional help or otherwise took the necessary steps to correct the problem, there is a very good chance that you may receive a modification to your initial custody agreement that will allow you to play a major role in your child’s life once again.
That being said, the flip side is also true. For example, if you share custody with a parent who you realize has a substance abuse issue, has exposed your child to an act of domestic violence, or you believe that your child’s other parent is otherwise unfit to raise your child at the moment, you may request a modification to your custody agreement to obtain sole custody of your child to protect him or her from their other parent’s reckless or dangerous behavior. You should note, however, that to obtain a modification, you must provide the court with evidence to prove that the modification is truly warranted and necessary, and that the modification will, in fact, work toward your child’s best interests. Our firm can help you do so.
Contact Our Nassau County Child Custody Lawyer
Whether you are currently going through the divorce process or you are looking to modify your child custody agreement that was initially reached in your divorce settlement, you cannot afford to proceed without the assistance of an experienced attorney who truly cares about you and your child’s well-being. Our firm will do everything in our power to protect your child at every turn. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our knowledgeable legal team so you can tell us your story.