Recent Posts in Custody and Visitation Category

  • Ruling Redefines Definition of Parenthood in New York

    || 12-Oct-2016

    The definition of parenthood in New York has been expanded to honor the rights of non-biological, non-adoptive second parents in non-traditional families. In a landmark ruling, the New York State Court of Appeals has declared that a caretaker who is not related to, or the adoptive guardian of, a child could still petition for custody and visitation rights. The ruling comes from a dispute between a ...
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  • Tips for Winning Your Child Custody Case

    || 12-Jul-2016

    If you are involved in a child custody dispute, in order to best prepare, it is important to understand how custody is decided in New York. In the past, while courts may have heavily favored a mother during custody cases, this is no longer the case. Today, a court will look at the unique situations of both parents and decide custody based on what is in the best interest of the child. This means ...
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  • Grandparents' Visitation Rights in New York

    || 11-May-2016

    Generally, the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is an important and special relationship. However, sometimes grandparents may find themselves cut off from being able to spend time with their grandchildren due to strained family relationships. In New York State, under certain circumstances, grandparents may seek a court order compelling visitation with their grandchildren. A ...
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  • What Does the Court Look at When Determining Custody?

    || 31-Jul-2015

    In New York State, there are a number of different factors that will contribute to the outcome of a child custody ruling. First and foremost, however, the presiding judge will be expected to make a decision that is aligned with the best interests of the child—rather than those of the parents. So what exactly does this mean? While most people are familiar with the phrase, "best interests ...
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  • How Do I Modify a Child Custody Order in New York?

    || 27-Nov-2013

    As you may know, life is full of unexpected events. It is for this reason that you may now be faced with the need to modify or alter your current child custody arrangement. Even if you and your spouse had come to an agreement about the terms of your child's upbringing at the time of your divorce, things may have changed, making it necessary to reevaluate the situation. Fortunately, the ...
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  • Mother loses Custody after demeaning her child on Facebook

    || 19-Feb-2013

    A New York State Family Court awarded a father sole custody of the parties’ three children after the mother insulted the oldest child, a 10 year old boy, by calling the child an "asshole" on Facebook. The mother testified without remorse during a Family Court hearing, that she did so because that is what the child is, and that she wanted her friends to know it. This was one of the ...
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  • Over the last several decades we have become a very mobile society and moving is a relatively common experience. Sometimes after parties are divorced or separated there is an issue involving the relocation of the parties’ child by the custodial parent. A request by a custodial parent to move with a child away from the noncustodial parent to a distant location may present a major conflict ...
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