Child Custody Attorney in Westchester County
Helping Protect Your Child's Best Interests
Child custody disputes are some of the most difficult family law cases,
whether you are a single parent or are considering a
divorce. You want what’s best for your child, but it can be difficult to
ensure that happens.
New York Family Courts determine child custody based upon the "best
interests of the child." It is your
family law attorney’s job to show the court that your wishes are in alignment
with what is in the best interests of your children. That is why you need
an experienced custody lawyer in Westchester County.
Andrea Friedman is dedicated to representing both mothers and fathers in custody cases.
These issues may arise in a
separation agreement, during a divorce, or following a divorce. Our legal team assists clients
throughout all of Westchester County. We welcome you to contact our firm
so we can answer your questions and address your concerns as they relate
to your child custody matter.
Factors that Determine Custody Arrangements
There are various factors that will be used to determine child custody
in a Westchester County court. While decisions will vary from court to
court, case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there are some standard
guidelines that are helpful to understand. Some of the issues the court
will look to in determining the best interests of the child and therefore
child custody may include:
The current living arrangements of the child, if the parents are already separated
In some cases, the child’s preference
The stability of the environment at each parent’s home
The financial stability of each parent
The emotional and mental stability of each parent
It will be your attorney’s job to ensure that your case is presented
in the best possible light with regard to these key categories. It will
also be his or her job to protect you from allegations that misrepresent
your emotional, financial, and residential stability.
Two Types of Custody Arrangements (and Why You’ll Want Both)
Custody arrangements have two general forms:
custody. Family courts generally prefer to create joint arrangements, recognizing
that children benefit from having two parents in their lives. However,
custody has two types:
legal (the ability to make decisions for your child) and
physical (where your child lives). It is possible for you to have joint legal custody
while having limited visitation rights, so you’ll need an attorney
if you want to protect your relationship with your child.
Crafting and negotiating an arrangement that understands your bond with
your kids is our chief goal. When we take on a custody case, we utilize
over 35 years of experience and strategy to make sure you and your children
have the arrangement that is best for you.
Divorce Lawyer Serving Westchester County, New York
In a child custody issue, you may find that you are being accused of being
an incompetent parent. You may find that you are having trouble proving
that your spouse or ex-spouse cannot provide a safe and healthy environment
for your child. You need a Westchester County child custody lawyer on
your side to assert your rights and make your position known to the court
– in order to help you reach an outcome that is best for you and
Contact a Westchester County child custody lawyer today if you are facing a custody dispute or divorce in Westchester County, New York.