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Staten Island Joint Custody

If you and your spouse are attempting to negotiate a Joint Custody agreement, you know what an unpleasant task this is. While there are numerous details to navigate, the primary focus must be what will be most beneficial to your child. A Staten Island Divorce Lawyer or Staten Island Family Lawyer will be aware of this and the legal considerations involved. Whether you and your spouse have arrived at a tentative agreement, or are at an impasse, call a Staten Island Joint Custody Lawyer today. Our experienced Family Law Attorneys can guide you through the difficult process of divorce, and attend to related matters such as child support and child custody. Call us at one of many locations throughout New York, including: Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester County and Long Island.

You will find when speaking with a Staten Island Joint Custody Lawyer that there are various factors you need to be aware of when creating a Joint Custody plan. While you and your partner may have worked out some of the issues on your own, the judge will be looking to see if your plan addresses specific legal criteria. The emotional and physical well- being of the child are of paramount importance. If you are trying to change your original custody arrangement, you will be required to show the court why the requested modifications should be made and that they are not unreasonable. Joint Custody agreements are legally important documents that need to be created carefully because the agreement will have a direct impact on the day to day life of you and your child. That is why a Staten Island Joint Custody Lawyer should be consulted to be sure the document is well drafted and works for all the involved parties.

A Staten Island Custody Lawyer will discuss key concepts that could be involved in initially creating the agreement like:

  • Is the request for a Joint Custody agreement being used as a tool to reduce child support?
  • Or is Joint Custody merely being used as a means to hurt the other parent?
  • Are the parents capable of communicating to the degree necessary to honor the agreement?
  • Are both parents committed to actively parenting their child

If you are negotiating an agreement, you should know that there are specific terms that need to be mentioned in your document. A Staten Island Family Lawyer can go over these with you, and make sure they are properly included. A provision should be included, for instance, that sets out a plan for dispute resolution between the parents should one arise, and delineate who will make making decisions for the child in terms of health, welfare and education. There should also be provisions for Physical Custody, and the Primary Residence of the child should be specified, as well as the parent’s Daily Responsibilities. Transportation, vacations, day-to-day activities and any restrictions should be mentioned as well. Whether you are in the Bronx, Nassau County or Suffolk County, we have an office nearby to help you a reasonable shared agreement that makes sense to all parties involved.

We are experienced in all matters of Family Law, such as Grandparents rights, Guardianship or even cases pertaining to Fathers Rights. We can provide legal guidance in your Joint Custody or other Child Custody matter, so you should call us today for a free evaluation. We have offices conveniently located from Manhattan to Suffolk County. Call for your free appointment at 800.696.9529.

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