Child Custody In New York

New York Child Custody Lawyer

A basic tenet in divorce is that "the best interests of the child" are primary, in child custody arrangements. Discuss the particulars of your child custody matters with an attorney. Contact Ronald A. Phillips, Attorneys at Law, by phone or by e-mail through this Web site.


Part of the planning that goes into a New York child custody agreement or court decree is a forensic evaluation by a doctor. Learn what to expect, and the types of questions that will be asked in a forensic evaluation involving your child or children and a court-appointed evaluator such as a psychiatrist. This person will render an opinion about which parent is apparently the best candidate to have primary or sole custody of children in a separation or divorce.


Experienced, qualified legal counsel and representation is essential for parents who are separating or divorcing and must come to an understanding about which parent the children will reside with, and when. Laws, family dynamics, mental health issues, the existence of parental drug problems or drinking problems, and practical considerations are all relevant factors in child custody and visitation decisions.


How the Best Interest of the Child Is Determined in Custody Disputes

We know from experience that the comfort level of the child with each parent is as important as, or more important than, the income of each parent or other factors such as the size or price range of each parent's home. We also know how important it is to be well-prepared for custody evaluations which will help determine the fate of a parent-child relationship in light of a separation or divorce.


Contact an experienced attorney to schedule a consultation regarding child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, equitable division of assets, and other financial aspects of marital separation or divorce. We handle post decree modifications when a change in income, health, or location of one or both parents.