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Handling child custody cases thoughtfully can make divorce easier

Many parents in New York may find that divorce tends to affect children more than adults, often influencing children's later intimate relationships. If their parents are fighting, children often feel insecure, anxious and sad. The feelings can become heightened if a couple fights over child custody. In most cases, it is better for parents to reach a decision before their divorce enters a courtroom, but sometimes this is not possible and a judge must make child custody decisions with the best interests of the children in mind.

The main decision involves assigning physical custody and legal custody. The parent who gets physical custody will be living with the child. This may or may not include sole legal custody, which involves the right to make decisions about the fundamental part of each child's life, including education, medical care and religious affiliation. Both the parents and children may be better off if the parents reach agreement on custody issues before divorce proceedings begin.

Carton & Rosoff, PC, Attorneys at Law, work closely with their clients in advocating for child custody. The answers to several questions usually guide the decision, including who was the child's primary caregiver? Which parent is better able to meet the child's needs? Will the parent who is granted child custody help foster a close relationship between the child and the other parent? In addition, other issues are examined, including any allegations of domestic violence, the child's preferences and his or her physical and mental health. In most states, including New York, noncustodial parents are given regularly scheduled times to spend with their children except where safety is a concern.

Whatever the outcome, experienced attorneys such as those at Carton & Rosoff, PC, handle their cases thoughtfully and with the understanding that child custody decisions now will affect children for years to come. The following child custody overview may prove to be informative for parents in New York.

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