Manhattan Child Custody Lawyer Discusses Types of Child Custody in New York


Manhattan Child Custody Lawyer Discusses Types of Child Custody in New York

Divorce is hard on children. Everything they are familiar with changes. As a parent, you ache for them. You wish you could reassure them, but it frightens you that a New York court has a say in what happens next. A knowledgeable Manhattan child custody lawyer at the Sabra Law Group can guide you through New York’s custody laws. 

New York has two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Each type of custody carries different responsibilities. A parent has legal custody when the parent makes important decisions about the child. Such decisions may include medical care, religion, and education. Usually parents share legal custody although one may have final say. 

A parent has physical custody when the child lives in the parent’s home. Parents can also share physical custody. This is called joint custody. 

Sometimes parents agree about child custody. When they do, the judge may listen to testimony from both parents, then enter an order without requiring a formal hearing. If you and the other parent have agreed on child custody, before you approach the court, check with a Manhattan custody lawyer to make sure you have covered all legal aspects. 

When parents do not agree, the court orders a hearing. The standard in a New York court is the “best interest of the child.” Toward this end, a court examines many factors about each parent such as, mental and physical ability, work schedule, and capacity to cooperate with the other parent. If the child is older, the court may also consider the child’s wishes. A skilled Manhattan child custody lawyer can help explain what to expect in a formal hearing. 

Mediation can be a valuable, less expensive alternative to a hearing. At the Sabra Law Group our trained mediators can help you put together a parenting plan that works for your family. We can help you find a way to communicate that helps make your custody arrangement amicable.

Child custody is a difficult, emotional process. A savvy, caring Manhattan custody lawyer can help guide you. With years of experience in New York divorce courts, the Sabra Law Group can help you do what is best for your child.  Contact our office at 646-472-7971


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