Child Custody and Visitation

New York Child Custody & Visitation Laws

It is the policy of New York to encourage both parents to maintain a healthy and active relationship with their children. There are two types of child custody: joint custody and sole custody.

Many people do not understand the difference between joint and sole custody. Joint custody involves the right to access the child's medical and educational records and to make major decisions in a child's life, including where a child will attend school, what kind of religious upbringing they will have, and health care. Typically, most parents share joint custody. There are some exceptions, including cases that involve domestic violence.

The bigger issue involved in custody disputes is who the children will primarily reside with. In most cases, one parent will be designated the primary custodial parent. There are circumstances in which the Court will grant a joint physical custodial situation which is typically determined on a case by case basis.

If You Need to Speak to an New York Attorney about Custody & Visitation

If you are involved in a child custody or visitation dispute, you can find the experienced and dedicated representation you need by contacting the Law Offices of Kristine M. Demo-Vazquez, P.C. Our firm handles divorce and family law matters on behalf of clients in Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Steuben and Genesee counties. Contact us at 585-672-7286.

Putting Children First

Our experienced divorce and family law attorney has seen first hand how children can be damaged by divorce. However, the strain and emotional trauma of a divorce can be significantly harder on a child when parents place children in the middle and unnecessarily fight over custody.

We always encourage our clients to put their children first and work diligently towards a resolution to custody disputes when at all possible. However, we have handled enough cases to know that even the most well-intentioned parents can have honest disputes over what is best for a child.

Protecting Your Parental Rights

When custody is disputed and can not be resolved by agreement, we are always prepared to fight passionately to protect our client's parental rights. As a dedicated advocate, we take time to learn the facts of each case, prepare a comprehensive plan of action and thoroughly prepare for the possibility of trial.

We fully understand the level of trust clients place in our hands and do everything in our power to earn that trust and seek the best possible results for each client.

Contact Our Rochester Law Office

If you need to speak with a divorce and family lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Kristine M. Demo-Vazquez, P.C.