Child Custody & Visitation

Protecting Westchester County Family Law Clients

Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody determinations address physical custody (where a child will live) and legal custody (the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child such as education and health care). If parents cannot resolve these issues through negotiation, the custodial claim must be addressed in court. The court must examine a variety of factors in child custody matters:

  • The parent who has been the primary caregiver to the child
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the needs of the child
  • Willingness to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent
  • The mental and physical health of the parents
  • Allegations of domestic violence
  • The child's preferences
  • The mental and physical health of the child

The noncustodial parent is typically granted frequent and regular parenting time. However, if safety is an issue, the court may order—

  • Supervised visits
  • Therapeutic supervised visits
  • Neutral place of exchange
  • Monitored transition

The Westchester County family law firm of Carton & Rosoff PC develops the strongest possible case to support your claim for custody.  Our attorneys make sure that you continue to be an important part of the life of your child after your divorce.

Child Support

Child support in New York is governed by the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA). The CSSA requires noncustodial parents to pay their proportionate share of the following percentages of combined parental income:

    One child
    Two children
    Three children
    Four children
    Five or more children
    17 %
    25 %
    29 %
    31 %
    No less than 35 %

Parents can agree to “opt out” of the CSSA guideline amounts, but must provide justification for doing so.  Child support payments in New York continue until the child turns 21 years old or is otherwise emancipated.  Some parents agree to extend the child support period beyond the age of 21 through the completion of college.  We represent clients in child support hearings to ensure that child support awards are fair when made and complied with thereafter.

White Plains Family Law Firm Helps Families Throughout Westchester

If you are seeking a family law firm in White Plains, throughout Westchester County, or in New York City, Carton & Rosoff PC has extensive experience in matrimonial and family law, including divorce, separation, and related legal matters. The firm is highly regarded as one of the top family law firms in Westchester County. Our professionalism and creative approach to problem solving help set you on course for a better future. Contact our law firm to work with a prominent family lawyer in Westchester County.