Meth Law Offices Counsels Parents to Assert Their Rights in Custody Disputes
We Help Clients Create Workable Parenting Plans and Assert their rights in Court
If you are a parent, your relationship with your children is one of, if not, the most important parts of your life. Unfortunately, a child custody dispute can put that relationship in jeopardy. If you are going through a divorce or are having post-divorce conflicts over your parenting plan, Meth Law Offices, PC can help. Michael Meth, Esq. is a compassionate and professional family law attorney with expertise in assisting in child custody disputes. Michael meth, Esq. is determined to protect your parental rights as I seek workable solutions to your custody problems.
TYPES OF CHILD CUSTODY IN NEW YORK STATE
Child custody in New York State falls into two distinct categories of rights:
Physical custody — This covers the right and related responsibilities for maintaining a residence for the child. The parent with physical custody must provide a safe environment, food, clothing and appropriate supervision. The amount of time a child resides with each parent is a factor in determining the amount of child support to be paid.
Legal custody — This type of custody confers decision-making authority. A parent with legal custody makes important decisions regarding the child’s health and welfare, such as healthcare, education, religious formation, sports participation, and extracurricular activities.
Each type of custody can be awarded solely to one parent or jointly to both. Courts today favor joint custody arrangements. However, if one parent is unable to provide an appropriate residence for the child or is not available to act as a primary caregiver, a court will award sole physical custody to the other parent. The parent without physical custody is entitled to regular visitation or parenting time unless a court determines that contact with that parent is not in the best interest of the child.
If parents share legal custody, their agreement may contain some mechanism for resolving disputes. A court may award sole legal custody to one parent if the other parent lacks sufficient maturity to make important decisions or is unfit due to anger issues, a history of violence, substance abuse, or another issue.
Call Meth law Offices, PC for a free consultation today to discuss your options.
METH LAW OFFICES, PC HELPS CLIENTS RESOLVE CONFLICTS
No one knows your children better than you and your (ex) spouse, so it’s generally best for you to reach a settlement through traditional negotiations or mediation. Meth Law Offices, PC specializes in helping clients create fair and practical parenting plans and presenting them to the court for approval.
However, if you reach an impasse, it becomes necessary to have a court hearing on the issue. This can become very contentious and may require additional tools, like a report from a child psychologist and testimony from witnesses about the parties’ parenting skills. If the children are mature enough, a court may want to hear their opinions on proposed custody arrangements. Sparing your children the stress of having to testify is another reason to work toward a negotiated settlement.
Whatever your current conflict, Meth Law Offices, PC is determined to deliver a child custody solution that addresses your urgent concerns and promotes your child’s welfare. Call for a free consultation today.