Child Custody Lawyer on Long Island
One of the most emotional aspects of any divorce or separation involves child custody. Due to the high stress of the situation and complex laws, it is clear that you need a child custody lawyer to provide guidance in your case.
With over 13 years and counting of child custody law experience, KLG Law has the compassion and expertise to handle your case the way you deserve.
Now is the time to get started.
Custody & Parenting Time
How is Child Custody and Parenting Time Determined?
The courts often try to allow both parents to maintain a relationship with their child, as long as it doesn’t jeopardize the safety of the child. However, one parent will typically be awarded residential custody.
The residential custodial parent is the parent who is better situated to meet the day to day needs of the child. In determining residential custody, courts will consider factors including:
- Stability of home environment
- Relationships with siblings
- Financial stability
- Preference of the child
- Child’s relationship with parents
The parent who is not ruled the residential parent is generally entitled to parenting time, formerly known as “visitation.”
Legal & Residential Custody
Joint custody means that both parents are involved in their child’s life. Usually, when parents maintain a joint custody agreement, the child spends time with both parents, and both parents have the right to participate in making major decisions for their child, such as health care, religion and education.
Spouses often agree to joint legal custody arrangements when their divorce is relatively amicable.
Sole Legal Custody
Sole custody means that one parent has the authority to make decisions regarding major issues in the child’s life. The noncustodial parent might be entitled to receive medical or education information regarding the child, but cannot make decisions on their behalf. The noncustodial parent is still entitled to parenting time.
Sole custody is typically granted in cases when the court determines that the parents are unable to co-parent and communicate regarding their child or children.
The parent who is awarded residential custody, also known as “physical custody,” is responsible for the actual physical care and supervision of the child. In this case, the noncustodial parent will generally be entitled to parenting time.
Why Hire KLG Law as your Child Custody Lawyer?
Protect the Child
The well-being of the child is paramount in any child custody case. KLG Law has a demonstrable track record of zealous advocacy, fighting for the well-being of children in child custody cases of all degrees of complexity.
Navigate Complicated Laws
There is no simple, black-and-white formula for determining which parent gets custody of a child, and which type of custody they get. KLG Law can help you navigate the complex laws surrounding your case to fight for an agreement that is fair for you.
Receive Objective Advice
Child custody agreements, even during relatively cordial separations and divorces, can be highly emotional. KLG Law will handle your case with empathy, but provide you with the objective legal advice you need to receive a fair child custody agreement.