Understanding Joint Custody In New York

When a couple decides to break up and they have a child, they must decide who raises the child, where the child lives and how the child will be brought up. When both parents agree to share these responsibilities, it is referred to as joint custody. In New York, joint custody is preferred because it enables both parents to maintain a meaningful relationship with their child.

While you may no longer be together as a couple, you will always be parents. For more than 30 years, the lawyers at Kelton & Teichner are helping Nassau and Queens counties clients with their family law issues. Whether you are pursuing joint or sole custody, we will stand up for you.

Joint Legal and Joint Physical Custody

A child custody agreement divides the responsibility into two parts: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right to make major decisions about a child's upbringing, including education, religion, and overall welfare. Physical custody refers to where a child will reside.

Joint physical custody requires a child to divide his/her time equally between households. Sometimes, for practical purposes or other reasons, it makes more sense for one parent to maintain sole physical custody. In these instances, visitation be structured into the agreement to ensure you get time with your child.

Our attorneys will guide you through this process. We will help you develop an agreement that is in your family's best interests.

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If you have questions about obtaining custody of your child, contact our Nassau County attorneys to schedule an initial appointment at no charge. Call our attorneys at 800-419-7751. Se habla español.

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