Protecting Parents And Children In Child Custody Disputes

Going through divorce is always an emotional experience. When children are involved, most people have significant concerns about their parent-child relationships. With the stresses and anxieties that surround the breakdown of a marriage, you need a lawyer in your corner who will take the time to understand your concerns and explain your legal options to achieve your real goals. At Quatela Chimeri PLLC, we cut to the essence of your legal options to allow you to make important decisions that will affect your future based upon reason. Who better to make informed decisions regarding your future, and the future of your children, than you?

The best interest of your children is the dominant factor in how New York courts make child custody, parenting-time and visitation decisions. Presenting your case to demonstrate how the best interest standard applies in your case requires strategic, extensive and thoughtful preparation. Please contact us for assistance with your family's child custody issues.

Child custody matters involve two different prongs. Legal custody refers to which parent will have the authority to make important decisions concerning the child. New York matrimonial law allows courts to award either sole legal custody or joint legal custody. Similarly, physical, or residential custody, refers to where the child will primarily reside. Parents may share physical custody or one parent may be granted primary (or sole) custody, with the other parent having visitation rights, also called parenting time or parenting access, with the child.

Assembling And Bringing Forth Evidence In Your Favor

It is very risky to assume that a custody decision will go in your favor because of your history, income or parenting skills. As in all areas of a divorce, assembling evidence and cogently presenting facts in support of your desired outcome is often critical to obtaining the positive child custody and parenting time arrangement you want and deserve.

Our accomplished attorneys have successfully advocated for many mothers' and fathers' rights in custody matters. We have helped a wide range of divorcing parents win sole custody, secure joint custody and — when two parents believe they can work together amicably — work out a custody arrangement involving near-equal parenting time.

Including Your Priorities In A Detailed Child Custody And Visitation Plan

Giving up control and influence you have had in your children's daily lives is one of the most difficult outcomes for many divorcing parents. We have worked with many clients who were extremely concerned about the other parent's behavior and its impact on the children.

Common concerns about the other parent include:

  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Friends and associates who will be around the children
  • Unsafe driving habits or other safety concerns
  • Commitment to making sure children are fed and cared for properly
  • Standards regarding age-appropriate entertainment, such as movies and video games

We create very detailed child custody and visitation plans, so that both parties have a clear understanding of ground rules and limits. Our lawyers can help you form realistic expectations and create a plan that helps you have greater peace of mind. We work hard to help our clients settle custody disputes to maintain more control over the outcome, rather than place that decision in the hands of a judge. However, if the opposing party is not willing to agree to a reasonable arrangement that serves the best interests of your children and your parental rights, we will not hesitate to take the case to trial, and have substantial and successful experience before the local Judges handling these disputes.

Call 631-482-9700 To Arrange Your Confidential Consultation

Whether you need to discuss different scenarios or know precisely the child custody and visitation arrangement you want to fight for, we encourage you to call 631-482-7211 for quality counsel and representation.