Establishing a suitable child custody arrangement is critical when parents of minors divorce. With the help of a skillful family law firm, you increase your chances of achieving a satisfactory outcome. At the firm of Needle | Cuda in Brewster, our attorneys have extensive experience assisting parents in negotiating custody agreements and developing parenting plans that work for all parties. We are also powerful advocates for clients in contested custody cases that must be resolved by New York judges.
There are two forms of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody describes who has the authority to make decisions for children regarding healthcare, education, religion and other key areas. One parent may have legal custody or it may be shared between both parents. Physical custody, also called residential custody, involves who the child lives with. Physical custody can be awarded jointly or one parent may have sole physical custody with the other parent having visitation rights. In these cases, the noncustodial parent typically pays child support. However, even if one parent has sole physical custody and the other has visitation, both parents may share legal custody. There are various types of child custody arrangements that can be made, and we can help you arrive at one that is most beneficial for you and your children.
This type of arrangement is typically used on a temporary basis, to provide stability for the child while the parents work to secure permanent housing. In a bird nesting arrangement, the child stays in the family home and parents move in and out based on their parenting time schedule with the child. Because this arrangement often involves three homes — the family home and homes for each parent — it requires financial stability. Parents must also be able to communicate well with each other and respect each other’s boundaries to make this work. Bird nesting will not typically be ordered by the court, but it may be a viable choice for some parents. If this is a potential option for your situation, our attorneys can help you develop a bird nesting agreement.
Parents can agree between themselves on child custody arrangements and develop an agreement to file with the court. If parents are not in agreement, the New York court will decide the arrangements based on the best interests of the child. To determine what is in a child’s best interests, the judge will consider a wide variety of factors and, after making the decision about legal and physical custody, will issue an order that parents must maintain compliance with. While the ideal situation is for parents to come to an agreement on their own, that is not possible in some circumstances. Whether you need assistance putting together a custody agreement or require an attorney to represent you in the courtroom, we will work to get you the best possible result for your situation.
At Needle | Cuda in Brewster, we can help you negotiate a satisfactory child custody agreement or stand up for your rights in the New York courtroom if you and the other parent are in conflict about custody. To schedule a case evaluation call 203-557-9500 or contact us online.