Child Custody Lawyers on Long Island
Serving Individual throughout Queens, Nassau County & Surrounding Areas
Anytime a divorce or separation involves minor children, custody and visitation are commonly primary concerns. If you find yourself wondering what are the rules and regulations concerning child custody and what kinds of options are available to you as a parent, our divorce attorneys can help.
At Lewter Law Firm, P.C., we understand that divorces are never easy. With the severe emotional strain and worry about the future constantly building up, it can be very beneficial to find someone who will bear the weight of all the legal complexities for you. That is exactly what our child custody attorneys aim to do for each of our clients.
Learn more about our child custody attorneys on Long Island by scheduling a consultation at (516) 260-4755.
Understanding Legal & Physical Custody
When parents separate or divorce, a judge grants child custody orders as the determination of who will care for and bring up the child. This responsibility could be given to one or both parents, or to someone else in cases where neither parent is fit to raise the child. The court makes its decision about custody based on the best interests of the child.
There are two parts of custody, including:
- Legal custody
- Physical custody
Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about a child’s care and upbringing. If the court orders joint legal custody, the parents are required to work together and mutually agree on major decisions about the child. Conversely, if a judge rules that one parent has sole legal custody, that parent has the right to make significant decisions for the child without consulting the other parent.
Physical custody is also referred to as residential custody. This type of custody refers to which parent the child lives with most of the time. That is the parent who is responsible for the physical care and supervision of the child. In cases where the child spends 50 percent of the time with one parent and 50 percent with the other parent, this is known as joint custody.
Parent Visitation Rights
In cases where one parent is given primary physical custody, the other parent is entitled to visitation rights. Whether you are a parent who wants to exercise the full extent of your child visitation rights or a parent who wants to limit the time your ex-spouse has with your child, our Long Island child custody lawyers can help.
For effective and affordable legal representation, contact Lewter Law today at (516) 260-4755.
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