Child Custody & Visitation
Reaching Child Custody Agreements in Divorce
LEGAL GUIDANCE FROM THE EXPERIENCED NEW YORK CITY CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS AT STRAZZULLO LAW FIRM
Family law has changes significantly through the years. Not only is it possible for fathers to gain custody of children when they prove it is in the child’s best interest, but it is becoming quite common for parents to choose to share parenting time more equally. Parents are empowered to develop parenting plans that better fit the needs of their children and families.
When you need legal help to reach a child custody agreement or to modify an existing court order, contact the child custody lawyer at Strazzullo Law Firm.
Child Custody Cases in Family Court
If you and your former partner cannot reach a child custody agreement through mediation, your case will be heard by a judge in family court. Your children will not appear in court, but will be represented by their own attorney, usually a guardian ad litem appointed by the court. That person will meet with your child, will review the evidence of the case, and will make a recommendation to the judge.
Parents and children will meet with a psychologist appointed by the court to evaluate the child’s relationship with each parent, the family structure, and the parents individually. The evaluator’s report is then sent to the court for review before a final custody decision is made.
At Strazzullo Law Firm, if our child custody lawyer believes that a client’s evaluation was incorrect and will negatively impact a custody decision, we will not hesitate to send our client to another evaluator to get a second opinion. We thoroughly cross examine the initial evaluator in court to determine if there were biases or incorrect assumptions made in the initial evaluation. We aggressively pursue our clients’ interests.
Modification of Child Custody
As your child grows, his or her living arrangements may need to change. We help clients request modifications to child custody orders and changes to visitation schedules. We also protect your visitation rights in court if your child’s other parent is preventing you from visitation.
The court will not approve a change of custody without good reason, and a child requesting a change is not sufficient. Your custody attorney will need to prove that that there is a significant benefit to such a change. Contact our New York law office to consult with our New York child custody lawyer.