New York Joint Custody Lawyer
Creating a Joint Custody agreement with your spouse can be a frustrating and emotionally draining task. A New York Divorce Lawyer or New York Family Lawyer can explain to you that the main objective of any Joint Custody Agreement should always be that the child is well taken care of emotionally and physically, and that all their needs are provided for. This may be easier said than done if you are dealing with an uncooperative spouse. Even if you and your spouse have been able to work through the agreement on your own, it is advisable to speak with a New York Joint Custody Lawyer today.
It is important to meet with a New York Joint Custody Lawyer because even if you have made a preliminary arrangement with your spouse, there are legal details that need to be attended to. A Family Law Judge will be looking for certain things in your agreement. The needs of the child must always be the main focus of any Joint Custody agreement. Modifications to a previous plan must show the Judge that the requested changes are based on a true need, and that they make sense under the present circumstances.
There are some questions that you should ask yourself before you begin negotiating an agreement with your spouse. Your New York Joint Custody Lawyer will discuss these and other concepts with you as well.
- Are you resolute in your commitment to actively parent your child?
- Are you and your spouse able to communicate appropriately in order to parent your child?
- Is your spouse only concerned with trying to eliminate or reduce their child support obligations?
- Is your spouse only interested in “getting back” at you and not sincere in their wanting to share custody?
A well thought out Joint Custody agreement is valuable because it defines the basic parameters of the arrangement and sets out the expectations for each parent. It should, for instance, set out a game plan for resolving disputes, and define a method for the parents in making key decisions on the child’s behalf. The parents should outline the anticipated Daily Activities of the child, and who will be responsible for these tasks (picking up and dropping the child off for school or extra curricular activities, for example). A Primary Residence should be designated, in addition to setting out a plan for sharing family vacation time, perhaps methods of travel, and/or any possible restrictions. A New York Joint Custody Lawyer from our office will assist you in drafting a comprehensive document that will not only make sense for you and your child, but will also satisfy the requirements of the court.
Our Family Law Lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC have a wide range of experience in handling all types of Spousal Support and Child Custody cases. If you are a grandparent, you may be interested in learning about your Grandparents Rights and preserving your relationship with your grandchild. Or perhaps as a father, you wish to explore Father’s Rights. We offer free case evaluations at all of our multiple convenient locations including New York City, Nassau County and Westchester County. Phone us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to set arrange for your appointment today.