Protecting Your Children And Your Parental Rights
Children are better off with both parents playing a major role in their lives. Sure, there is the occasional exception, but New York family law is built around the concept of doing what is in the best interest of the child. The question is usually not whether parents will share custody; it is what the specific terms of a custody agreement will be. In Chatham and surrounding New York communities, you can turn to James Kleinbaum Attorney At Law P.C. to protect your rights and ensure you have your fair share of custody or visitation.
Maximizing Your Custody Rights
The concept of “getting full custody” is a misnomer. There are really two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody:
- Legal custody: Parents will share legal custody in almost all circumstances. Legal custody refers to the right of parents to make decisions about their child’s health, welfare, religious upbringing and other crucial aspects of their lives.
- Physical custody: Refers to where the child will live or spend their “overnights.” A 50/50 time split is typically the starting point for a custody agreement or co-parenting arrangement, with adjustments being made to reflect the needs and circumstances of all involved. The number of overnights spent in each parent’s home can have an impact on how child support is structured. Your attorney can help make sure your voice is heard and that you do not wind up with the short end of the stick when it comes to scheduling holidays, school breaks and other important time with your children.
When you choose us to look out for your custody rights, your family law attorney will make sure that your custody situation reflects what is best for your child as well as the unique circumstances of your life. We take a holistic approach to resolving custody and other co-parenting issues such as child support and parental relocation.