Establishing Favorable Custody And Visitation Schedules
Hall, Ricketts, Schuller & Gurbacki, P.C., understands that one of your greatest divorce concerns is protecting your parent-child relationship. Our caring attorneys can evaluate your family’s circumstances and pursue maximum custody or visitation time. We can also assist with custody modifications or enforcements that may arise after the initial settlement is finalized.
What Decisions Need To Be Determined?
When courts determine child ‘custody,’ they establish both ‘legal custody’ and ‘physical custody’. Legal custody allows a parent to make important life decisions on behalf of their child. Parents with physical custody live with the child and provide care on a daily basis.
In all circumstances, decisions are made in the best interests of the child. The judge may decide to award a parent sole or joint legal custody, and sole or joint physical custody of the child. Typically, the courts would like the arrangement to include both parents, except in cases such as substance or domestic abuse where a parent’s actions could harm the child.
Protecting The Rights Of Grandparents
In New York, grandparents can petition for visitation time with their grandchildren. Our skilled attorneys can defend this important relationship and demonstrate that it is in your grandchild’s best interests to secure time with them.
In some cases, grandparents may be granted physical or legal custody of their grandchildren. Custody is only awarded to grandparents in rare cases that parents are found unable to parent due to significant factors that impair parenting ability.
Contact Us For Compassionate Custody Guidance
Determining custody and visitation rights can be stressful. Our compassionate attorneys will guide you through the proceedings and ensure that your parenting rights are fully protected.