For parents, nothing is more important than their relationship with their children. Unfortunately, when parents split up, they often face obstacles to maintaining their relationship with their children. At Towers & Associates, P.C., we understand the inordinate stress parents are under when contact with their children is interrupted or their authority to act for their child’s welfare is undermined. We take aggressive steps to assert your parental rights, working toward outcomes that also advance the best interests of your children.
Under New York State law, child custody is divided into two categories:
Either category can be joint (shared by both parents) or sole (held by only one parent). If sole physical custody is awarded to one parent, the other usually has a right to frequent visitation. However, if visits are deemed not in the best interest of the child, the court can restrict or deny visitation.
Child custody is gender-neutral in New York, so the sex of the parent should not be a factor in deciding custody. However, as a practical matter, there are times when it is appropriate to argue for a father’s rights or a mother’s rights.
Child custody disputes most often arise in the course of a divorce. We help parents develop parenting plans that detail their custody arrangement so they can present a settlement to the court for approval. Generally, settling custody via negotiation or mediation is beneficial, because it protects our clients from a possible adverse ruling in court. However, it is appropriate to litigate a custody issue when:
Custody issues also come up after the divorce has been finalized, when a parenting plan is not working or when one parent wishes to relocate with the children out of the area or even out of the country. We advocate strongly for our clients when they need to prevent a relocation to maintain their relationship with their children. We also represent parents in motions to modify custody orders to adapt to changing circumstances in their family.
Finally, parents who were never married and seek certain rights must go through a process to establish paternity. Once paternity is legally established, the father can request custody or visitation, and the mother can request child support.
Towers & Associates, P.C. advocates strongly for parents in child custody disputes throughout greater New York City. Call us today at 718-759-1000 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We are located at 179 Bay Ridge Avenue, close to Owl’s Head Park.