Long Island Child Custody Attorney
Experienced Legal Child Custody Assistance
Matters involving child custody are emotionally charged. Together with
the fact that custody decisions will directly affect your child’s
future and wellbeing, these decisions can be difficult to deal with from
a legal standpoint. That is why you need a compassionate and experienced
custody attorney to fight for your rights and the best interests of your children.
Our Mission Statement
We believe that no greater vocation can be had by woman or man than to
be a parent. Our purpose is to promote the equality of that vocation and
to offer men and women an opportunity for the mutual support to pursue
more than 35 years of legal experience and a practice devoted to matrimonial and family law, the team at Friedman
& Friedman, Attorneys at Law understands child custody matters from
a legal standpoint and a personal point of view as well.
Our experienced team of Long Island divorce attorneys take on child custody
disputes and all other family law issues for clients throughout Long Island,
New York. This includes
fathers’ rights and
grandparents’ rights in regards to child custody matters.
Determining Child Custody in New York
At Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law, we believe that a family
can and should be a loving and safe environment for children – both
before and after a divorce or
legal separation. Our Long Island family lawyers approach each child custody case with
this point of view and fight zealously to help our clients resolve their
custody disputes effectively and with the least amount of emotional turmoil possible.
New York custody disputes are resolved when the court determines what is
in the best interest of the child or children involved. In most cases,
the court will work to keep both parents involved in a child’s life.
However, some factors which will influence this decision include:
Status Quo – Is there currently a custody agreement that has been developed and used
by the parents?
Siblings – The court usually works to keep siblings together, but at times the needs
of siblings will differ and thus the court could decide to split them
Stability of Environment – The court will usually prefer to keep the child in the same environment,
community, school, etc.
Wealth of the Parent – The court will typically prefer to award custody to a place where the
child has suitable space, a safer neighborhood, adequate food and clothing, etc.
Parental Stability – Are both parents stable? Whether a parent suffers from an alcohol or drug
problem or mental instability will influence the court’s decision
regarding custody. A criminal history, history of abuse or history of
promiscuity may influence the decision the court makes.
Preference of the Child – While underage children cannot legally speak for themselves, the court
will take their preferences into consideration and weigh them carefully
against all additional factors.
Relationship with the Parent – Has one parent build a much stronger relationship with the child? Has
the child spent the majority of their time with one parent and hardly
any time with the other parent before the custody case? These factors
can affect the outcome.
Relationship with others in the Parent’s Household – Even if a child has a strong relationship with one parent, if the child
has poor or damaging relationships with other members of that parent's
household, then it may have a negative effect on that parent's ability
to obtain custody.
Contact a Custody Lawyer on Long Island
A family law attorney will directly impact the outcome of your child custody
matter. Not only can an attorney help the court understand why you should
get custody, but your attorney can help you understand what you should
and should not do in order to best help your chances of getting custody
of your child or children. For this reason, we encourage you to discuss
your case with our team today.