Child Custody Attorney in Westchester County
Helping Protect Your Child's Best Interests
Custody disputes are some of the most difficult
family law cases. Whether you are a single parent or you 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 child
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.
Call (914) 873-4410 to Set Up Your Initial Consultation with an Attorney
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
- The child’s preference (in some cases)
- 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. Our legal team at
Friedman & Friedman understands what is at stake and will skillfully build and present your
case in the best possible light regarding each of these categories. Let
us help you prove to the court that you having custody is in the child’s
Two Types of Custody Arrangements (and Why You’ll Want Both)
Custody arrangements have two general forms:
joint custody and
full custody. Family courts generally prefer to create joint arrangements, recognizing
that children benefit from having two parents in their lives. Full custody
is avoided when possible, because it grants full custody to only one parent.
Either of these forms of custody has two types, however:
Legal Custody – The ability to make decisions for your child
Physical Custody – Where your child lives
It is possible for you to have joint legal custody while having limited
visitation rights, so even in joint custody cases, 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
During a custody case, 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. Because of these and other difficult situations that come
with a custody dispute, you need a Westchester County custody lawyer on
your side to assert your rights and make your position known to the court.
Friedman & Friedman can help you reach an outcome that is best for
you and your child.
Contact a Westchester County child custody lawyer today if you are facing a custody dispute or divorce in New York. Call
(914) 873-4410 to get started.