NYC Child Custody Lawyer

nyc child custody lawyer

Compassionate NYC Child Custody Lawyer Defending the Rights of Clients In Queens, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Throughout NY

As a parent, you love your child and want what is best for them. You want them to be happy. However, it can be difficult to put your child’s needs first when going through a divorce or handling other disputes as parents. Disagreements can result in parents being blinded by their own agendas or emotions. They may not understand or recognize their child’s needs. It helps to have the guidance, support, and representation of an experienced and understanding NYC child custody lawyer. 

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Frank Bruno, Jr. are compassionate. We understand just how difficult it is for families that are going through a divorce and the child custody process. We work with parents to determine what the best interests of the child would be. We help parents determine what would be best for their children’s future as well as all the parties involved. We know how lonely it can seem to have to fight for the right to parent your child. We will provide you with the support and guidance you need when going through this difficult period. 

Our goal is to protect the vulnerable and defenseless children caught in the middle. We do this by helping their parents come to the best resolution possible within the shortest time possible. If your case does go to court, we will work to ensure the best outcome. 

Contact us to learn more about your rights and options. We would be glad to review your case and guide you. 

Types of Child Custody

There are two main forms of custody under New York law. These are:

Legal custody

Parents are said to have legal custody when they are able to make important decisions regarding their child’s life. These decisions include medical care, religion, and education. Both parents may have legal custody of the child and thus have to discuss decisions regarding their child’s life. 

Physical custody

The parent that has physical custody of the child is the parent that lives with the child. A parent may have sole custody of a child. Many couples today agree to have shared or joint custody of the child where the child lives primarily with one parent and only visits the other parent for a short period e.g. over the weekend or on special occasions.

What is considered in Deciding Child Custody in New York?

Courts in New York do their best to decide child custody based on the best interests of the child. There are several factors that are considered when deciding what is in the best interests of the child. These include: 

  • Each of the parent’s ability to care for the children 
  • The mental and physical health of each parent 
  • Each parent’s ability to provide for the child 
  • Each parent’s work schedule 
  • The desire of the child. This depends on the age 
  • The parent’s ability and willingness to cooperate with each other 

It helps to work with an experienced NYC child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Frank Bruno, Jr. who can help you protect your rights and work for the best outcome in your case. 

Reach Out to the Law Offices of Frank Bruno, Jr. for Legal Representation from a Top-Rated NYC Child Custody Lawyer

Child custody cases are never easy. They are emotional and often complicated. Making a rational decision in the best interests of your child may be difficult under the shadow of other disputes you may be having as parents. However, the decisions made during this difficult time will not only impact your child in the long term but will also have an impact on you and your relationship with your child. It helps to have the support of an experienced and knowledgeable NYC child custody lawyer.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Frank Bruno, Jr. will provide you with the guidance and support you need while going through this difficult time. Our attorneys will ensure you understand your rights and options so you can make better decisions for the long term. You don’t have to go through this process alone. We will be there to help you every step of the way.

Contact our law firm for a compassionate and confidential consultation. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Child Custody in New York

Can a parent refuse to allow visitation of the other parent if they have failed to pay child support?

No. Child support and visitation are two separate issues. Failure to pay child support does not give the other parent the right to deny visitation. In fact, courts do not take kindly to denying visitation because of failure to pay child support. If a custody or visitation schedule has already been agreed to, it is in the best interests of all parties to adhere to this schedule.

If you have been denied visitation it is important to speak with an experienced NYC child custody lawyer. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Frank Bruno, Jr. will review your case and defend your right to visitation with your child or children.

Who decides child custody in New York?

Child custody for children under the age of 18 may be decided via mutual agreement of both parents. A voluntary agreement is reached without the involvement of the court. If an agreement between the parents cannot be reached, either of the parents may file a petition for child custody. A court trial will then take place and a decision on custody will be reached by a judge. The decision over the legal and physical custody of the child will be outlined in a court order.

Courts in New York work to ensure the child’s best interests when they decide on child custody. However, this isn’t always obvious. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Frank Bruno, Jr. will work to defend your rights as a parent. We fight not only on behalf of the parents we represent but also to ensure that the child custody decision is truly in the best interests of the children.