Just as your children are at the forefront of your life, so too are they to your divorce or family law matter. Whether you are getting a divorce or working with your child’s other parent to determine custody now that you are no longer living together, it is crucial to have an attorney on your side who can protect your parental rights while maintaining focus on what is best for your child.
At Angiuli & Gentile, LLP, we have been representing parents in Staten Island, New York, for 30 years. Our attentive service is second to none, and we combine that with the experience and resources to successfully achieve the goals of our clients. To discuss your child custody concerns, call 347-201-4447 or contact us online for a consultation.
Child Custody and Visitation Lawyers
The term custody legally refers to one of two distinct things: physical custody and legal custody.
Physical custody, also known as residential custody, deals with where the child will primarily live. Legal custody deals with which parent will have decision-making power regarding the health of the child, his or her education, and his or her general welfare. This includes day-to-day decisions about a wide variety of issues.
The law recognizes that what works for one set of parents may not work for all parents. As long as both parents agree, and a judge believes it is in the best interest of the child, nearly any arrangement can be put into place in a custody case. This includes one parent having both physical and legal custody, parents sharing physical custody and legal custody, and one parent having legal custody while the other has physical custody.
Why should you attempt to reach an amicable agreement over custody? Besides the benefit of reducing the amount of friction and hard feelings your child is potentially exposed to, agreements reached by the parents on their own tend to be more durable than agreements imposed by a judge because both parents feel invested in making the agreement work.
In the past, it was almost a foregone conclusion that mothers would have physical custody, and likely legal custody. That is not the case today. Whether you are a mom or a dad, it is important to have an attorney on your side to build a strong case and present that case in an effective matter if a co-parenting agreement cannot be reached. We have experience dealing with issues on behalf of mothers and fathers in Staten Island.
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Your children are the most important thing in your life, and your case is our most important case. Contact us online or call 347-201-4447 today to arrange a consultation to discuss your child custody needs with an experienced Staten Island child custody and visitation lawyer.