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Tag Archives: child custody

Joint Custody Can Be a Positive Experience for Children

Many parents worry that a joint physical custody arrangement will be too disruptive to a child’s life. Shuttling between homes, getting used to the rules and people in two different households and creating a social life around the location shift can be difficult. However, if you and your ex-spouse agree to cooperate and manage the […]

Relocation Issues

When the custodial parent of a child wishes to relocate, many factors must be considered by the court to determine if the move is in the best interests of the child. Moving a child to a new state or city can change his or her relationship with the non-custodial parent, aunts, uncles, other extended family […]

Preventing International Child Abductions

Parental kidnapping is the most prevalent form of child abduction in the United States. Although many children are taken to another state, when a child is taken out of the country, the situation becomes more difficult because of jurisdictional, legal and linguistic complications. There are several things a parent can do to reduce the likelihood […]

Joint Physical Custody: Is It Feasible?

Joint physical custody (a 50/50 access schedule) requires a high level of communication and logistical coordination between parents to be successful. Joint physical custody works better for children in low conflict divorces, where parents are able to cooperate. It may be for this reason that only about ten percent of children from divorced families are […]

How Custody Battles Can Change Parenting Rules

When a divorce is ongoing, especially when there is litigation involved, it is easy for parents to lose sight of what is important. In custody battles, often one of the most emotionally charged aspects of divorce, many parents forget to focus on what is in the best interest of the child and instead focus on […]

Making Plans For Your Children

Creating a workable parenting plan is frequently a divisive aspect of any divorce proceeding. Few people are at their best during a divorce proceeding and the real best interests of children can be lost in the fray. Required by the State of New York, parenting plans are agreements that flesh out details of a custodial […]

Do Grandparents Have Rights?

A growing and evolving area of law surrounds the issue of grandparents’ rights to visit their grandchildren. Unfortunately, grandparents frequently find themselves excluded after a divorce. What often happens is that the custodial parent is unable to control anger and hostility and severs all relations with the extended family of their ex-spouse. This hostile behavior […]

Enforcement and Modification of Court Orders after Your Divorce

While your divorce order puts the final stamp on the dissolution of your marriage, the terms of the order often include ongoing obligations that must be met for as long as the order indicates. Should either party fail to abide by the terms of the order, the aggrieved ex-spouse can seek redress in court. For […]

Do Children Have a Say in Legal Actions Concerning Them?

In many legal actions, the child has little say about custody or other determinations, especially when at a young age. However, there is a program in New York called the New York Attorneys for Children Program, which provides attorneys to children when they are involved in court proceedings dealing with juvenile delinquency, child custody, visitation, […]

Laws New York Courts Consider When Awarding Child Custody

Case law predominantly determines how the New York courts rule in child custody cases. This is because New York’s Domestic Law statutes do not provide much guidance in the way of child custody. As in most states, the best interests of the child form the benchmark and influence the court’s custody decisions. Several influential New […]

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