Suffolk County, NY Child Custody Attorney
Representing clients facing child custody disputes
Parents who are divorcing have a lot to consider regarding their children. A divorce can be an emotional ordeal. When children are involved, every party should do their best to mitigate the impact of the divorce on the lives of their kin. Though parents try their best, the thought of seeing their child less than every day can be understandably overwhelming. Often, parties can find themselves litigating the matter because they feel entitled to see the child more than the other. Whether one party supports the home while the other works or both have careers, both parties have equal rights in a child custody case. Courts should decide on the matter in a gender blind manner. Unless either party is deemed “unfit”, both parties will be entitled to regular and ongoing access to the child. Contested cases where child custody is disputed will always focus on the best interests of the child. It is important that you have passionate and effective legal support through this matter. If you need an attorney that will fight for your future and protect your rights as a parent through a divorce case, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. for a consultation.
Legal and physical custody
When a parent faces a divorce with children involved, it is important to understand the significant matters ahead. For a court to decide on what the best child custody arrangement should be, they will address legal and physical custody.
Physical custody details where the child will spend more time during the week. Also known as residential custody, physical custody is usually awarded to one parent, called the custodial parent or the primary caretaker. In some unique cases, parents can cooperate to an extent that allows them to split their child’s time evenly, developing a joint physical custody arrangement.
Legal custody is a more critical factor for parents. If you have lost physical custody to your spouse, as the non-custodial parent, you need to fight for legal custody. Legal custody is the right for a parent to make the important decisions in the child’s life. These can include academic, social, religious, and medical decisions. Though rare, if you were to lose legal custody, your relationship could be seriously diminished and your input could be ignored.
Contact an experienced child custody attorney
Child custody is one of the most significant topics of a divorce. Parents need to protect their relationships with their child. Our firm is sensitive to that need and will do everything to help you through these tough, uncertain times. If you need quality legal services from a compassionate and experienced law firm, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. for a consultation.