There are many different parenting styles for parents in New York. There is not one right way to raise children and parents sometimes have different opinions about how to do it. This may lead to disagreements while people are married, but if they are divorced they either need to come to an agreement on which parent will have custody or a judge will have to decide which parent is better suited to have the children. Child custody decisions are not easy decisions, but it is a decision that has to be made.
The decisions are made by analyzing a number of factors to determine what is in the best interests of the child. These include, but are not limited to, which parent was the primary caretaker and each parent's ability to care for the children. The mental and physical well-being of the parents as well as the children are factors. Another factor is the parents' willingness to work together to raise the children, their work schedules and other factors as well.
These types of factors would also be used to help determine visitation. Each decision is based on each family's unique situation and therefore each decision will be different. They can also be very difficult decisions for judges to make because they can only receive so much information about the family situation. Parents can always reach an agreement between themselves, which can be advantageous because they know their situation better than anyone else.
Many parents are divorced or never married in New York and child custody determinations must be made. These are difficult and fact-specific determinations made by analyzing a number of factors. They can also be very emotional as parents are trying to figure out how to split their time with their children when they were used to seeing them every day. Experienced attorneys understand these complicated decisions and may be able to guide one through the process.