Child Custody Attorney in Chester, New York Assert Parental Rights

Orange County New York family lawyer creates workable parenting plans

If you are a parent, your relationship with your children is one of the most important aspects 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 in Chester can help. I am a compassionate and professional family law attorney and have vast experience assisting in child custody disputes. I am determined to protect your parental rights as I seek workable solutions to your custody problems.

Types of child custody in New York

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.

child custody attorney helps parents resolve conflicts

Child custody is one of the reasons you have to carefully choose your divorce attorney. If you’re going through a divorce, I can help you reach a settlement that covers all the major issues, including child custody and child support. No one knows your children better than you and your spouse, so it’s generally best for you to reach a settlement through traditional negotiations or mediation. You can then present your parenting plan to the court for approval.

If you reach an impasse, it becomes necessary to have a court hearing on the issue. This can become very contentious and may require 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.

The court considers numerous factors when deciding what custody arrangement is appropriate, but the primary consideration is the best interests of the child.

I provide advocacy after the divorce process for issues such as:

  • Enforcement or a modification of the court-ordered parenting plans
  • Relocations out of the area or out of state

Whatever your current conflict, I am determined to deliver a child custody solution that addresses your urgent concerns and promotes your child’s welfare.

Contact a Chester, New York child custody lawyer for a free initial consultation

Meth Law Offices, PC represents parents in child custody disputes in the Chester area. To schedule a free initial consultation with a determined and professional family law attorney, please call 845-610-6595 or contact me online. My office is located at 10 Moffatt Lane, just off U.S. 6.