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Long Island Visitation

Many times, for the parent that did not get full custody, visitation with the children feels like a consolation prize. As any Long Island Visitation Lawyer will acknowledge, the Supreme Court handling Divorces as well as the Family Courts in New York are beginning to allow greater times of visitation for the parent without custody. Even when there is not joint custody, this is the case. If your Long Island Family attorney correctly presents the legal arguments, your visitation could be granted far beyond the traditional schedule of rotating weekends. These days, recurrent weeknight visits, overnight stays, prolonged visitation can be included in a visitation schedule. Expanded vacations with your child, as well as transportation to and from school may also be granted. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, the Long Island Visitation lawyers can tell you how these increased visitation schedules are being seen more often throughout New York. It appears the Family Courts have been issuing more generous visitation to a capable non custodial parent in each of the five boroughs as well as on Long Island. This tendency has Long Island Family Lawyers and Long Island Divorce Lawyers, who are advocates for Fathers Rights and Grandparents Rights, very pleased.

Interchanging holidays, alternating weekends, and four weeks for vacation with a child, as you may know, makes up the “standard visitation” set-up. Our Long Island Family Lawyers will tell you that once a judge determines the parent requesting the extra visitation is trusted, he may grant a generous and flexible schedule of visitation. The Family Court reasons that children fair better when both parents remain active in his/her upbringing. The legal standard these decisions are measured to is “What is in the best interest of your child?”

Apparently, having a skilled Long Island Visitation Lawyer represent you is critical if your intention is to receive maximum visitation with your child. Questions pertaining to visitation may be as complicated as other issues in other Family Law cases such as separation or divorce. One parent, perhaps, may be forced to have supervised visitation with their child because the judge found the child may be at risk if left in that parent’s sole custody. In these situations, a dependable member of the family or agency (government or other) can coordinate supervision. Please note, as stated above, other areas of your visitation case will be judged against the legal standard: What is in the child’s best interest?

Modifying Your Existing Child Visitation Order

The existing visitation arrangements at some point in time may require updating or changing. One such example may be, a parent who has had supervised visitation with a child, with counseling, may be permitted to have unsupervised visits. A certain legal provision must be met in order to have a Visitation agreement reconsidered by the Family Court for potential modifications: there must be a significant or considerable change to your circumstances. Examples of such a change may be: a work schedule change (yours or the other parent), one of the parents must move (relocation), or the child would greatly benefit from more influence of one of the parents.

A similar process is used in determining visitation and Child Custody. A Long Island Family Lawyer will file a visitation petition with the office of the court in the county where the child lives—whether Suffolk County or Nassau County. Petitions can be docketed with the Matrimonial division of the Supreme Court or the Family Court. Many kinds of cases involving visitation may proceed then. Primary Visitation petition is used to establish the first schedule of visitation. Any necessary modifications can sometimes be filed when it is seen that the existing order needs to be changed. A petition for violation of an order can be filed for non-compliance in the Long Island Family Court. These violation petitions inquire of the Family Court to rule against the non-compliant party, and take punitive action against the party. The Family Court judge may terminate the violating party’s visitation agreement completely in severe cases.

Attorneys with the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC are experienced in various sorts of Family Law matters, including visitation cases. Any of our Long Island Visitation Lawyers will bring persistence and knowledge when handling the generally complex matters that come with raising children beneath the covering of court intervention.

Your case of Child Visitation requires the proper representation. We offer free advice with one of our Long Island Visitation Lawyer to those who call 800.696.9529. If your case is for the Rights of Grandparents or the Rights of Fathers, a Custody battle or Child Support issue, a Divorce case, Neglect & Abuse case, or issues with Orders of Protection, one of our Long Island Family Lawyers can help you when you give us a call. Our offices are conveniently located all across New York City—in Manhattan, Westchester County, and the other communities, from the Bronx over to Queens, and Staten Island to Brooklyn. And for our Long Island clients, our offices can be found in Suffolk County and Nassau County.

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