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Category Archives: Child Custody

Does Equal Shared Parenting Have a Future in New York?

In the past, most custody decisions reflected old attitudes about gender roles and parenting. Following a divorce, minor sons and daughters would live primarily in the home of one parent, almost always the mother, with the other getting visitation rights. Children spending every other weekend with their fathers and pickups at places like McDonald’s became… Read More »

COVID-19 Continues to Complicate Many Child Custody Arrangements

When parents of minor children break up, they and their lawyers establish custody and visitation terms that should address various situations that might arise over the years to come. A sound parenting plan might cover medical care, school vacations, extracurricular activities and college funding. This averts future conflicts and ensures that everyone understands how these… Read More »

Child Custody Tips for the Holidays

The holidays can be difficult to navigate for divorced parents. Both parents will likely (and understandably) want to have time to spend with their children over the holidays, but time is a limited commodity and the logistics of transferring children back and forth can be difficult. Here are a few child custody tips to keep… Read More »

HBO Miniseries Covers Early New York Case on Lesbian Parents’ Rights

Over the past few decades, Americans in same-sex relationships have seen significant advances in their family law rights. A three-part miniseries on HBO shows how some of the rights that we take for granted now were not available even one generation ago. This detailed and personal documentary also offers a lesson to modern families about… Read More »

Why Paternity Tests are Important for Child Custody

Paternity tests establish biological fatherhood, which can have some significant bearing on child custody and support cases. In such a test, DNA is collected from the possible father and the child from cheek swabs or blood samples. The DNA gets spliced to determine if the two share chromosomes. These tests have a 99.9 percent accuracy… Read More »

Tips for Getting Through the Holidays After a Divorce

If this is your first holiday season and new year after a divorce, it can be an emotionally trying time as you try to move on from old traditions and celebrate with new groups of people. Here are a few tips to help the process become a little easier for you. Have boundaries: Don’t feel… Read More »

When Do Courts Consider the Child’s Wishes in Custody Cases?

Child custody is one of the most important and potentially contentious elements of any divorce. Parents can work out their own custody arrangements outside of court as part of an uncontested divorce, but if they cannot come to their own agreements, the decision is left up to a Supreme Court Justice in the case of… Read More »

What to Know About Grandparent Visitation Rights in New York

In many cases, divorce affects more than the two spouses and their children. It can also have a significant impact on extended family members. In New York, grandparents may have a legal right to visitation in any of the following circumstances: One or both parents passed away The grandparent has had a substantial preexisting relationship… Read More »

Preventing Child Abduction During a Divorce

Although it’s rare, in some cases a custodial parent might be worried his or her former partner will attempt to kidnap their children, whether during a visit or at some other time. If you believe there is any chance of this occurring, there are steps you can take to prevent it, while also preparing yourself… Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Visitation

As a part of your child custody negotiations, you will need to create a child visitation schedule. In most cases, the noncustodial parent will have the right to reasonable visitation with his or her kids. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive on child visitation: Q: What qualifies as ‘reasonable… Read More »