Tag Archives: child custody

What to Do When Your Custody Plan No Longer Works

To foster stability for children, courts favor custody plans that are designed to be fairly permanent. But the law also recognizes that things change. Circumstances beyond the control of the parents can render a plan unworkable. In the worst cases, a vindictive parent actively undermines the child custody plan, forcing the other parent to seek… Read More »

Custody and Support Issues for Military Parents

The men and women who defend our country face special challenges during divorce and child custody litigation. Fortunately, state and federal laws prevent a parent from using the military status of the other parent to gain an unfair advantage in custody and support disputes.  The fact that a military parent may be deployed or transferred… Read More »

Interstate Enforcement of Child Custody Determinations

As our society has become increasingly mobile, multistate child custody disputes have become more common. Fortunately, the states have adopted a uniform method for determining which state has jurisdiction over a child custody dispute. They also have agreed to honor custody determinations made by the courts of other states.  The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and… Read More »

How Does the Child’s Preference Affect Custody Proceedings?

When parents divorce, asking children to choose which parent they want to live with can be traumatic for all involved. In some cases, however, children are sufficiently mature to express a reasoned preference. In such cases, the child’s preference can be an important factor in shaping the custody arrangement.  New York courts determine child custody… Read More »

Beware the Happy Meal: It May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law

Parenting young children is not easy. Children throw tantrums, make a fuss and generally need guidance to keep their behavior in line. Parenting young children during a bitter divorce battle is no easier, as one New York man recently found out.  In a story told in headlines across the country, David Schorr, involved in a… Read More »

Mothers’ Rights: The Bode Miller Case

Alpine skiing veteran Bode Miller has garnered headlines lately that have little to do with downhill racing. In a case playing out on both coasts, the custodial setting of the son of Mr. Miller and an ex-girlfriend has provoked heated discussion about parental rights.  In addition to a high-profile quest for Olympic gold at Sochi,… Read More »

The Tragedy of Custody Battles: Three-Year Old Dies When Thrown From Building

Attorneys, court personnel and those who have gone through divorce understand the sometimes terribly acrimony and fear felt by parents during the divorce process. A tragedy in December revealed the instability of one father distraught over a conflicted custody matter.  A native of the Ukraine, Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, lived in Brooklyn and worked as a… Read More »

Settled: The Murdoch Divorce Matter

It has been a tough couple of years for 82-year-old Rupert Murdoch. The Chairman of News Corporation continues to endure fallout from a British investigation following a hacking scandal. At present, editor Rebekah Brooks — a Murdoch favorite — remains on trial for conspiracy.  Closer to home, Mr. Murdoch filed to divorce his wife of… Read More »

Custody Arrangements: Splitting Up the Kids

As the largest family law practice in Long Island, we fight for the best interests of our clients and their children, working to create custody arrangements that fit the circumstances of each family situation. While parents sometimes agree to sole or joint custody, they less often agree to split up their children, but a recent… Read More »

The Most Recent Development to Aid Settlement: Rotating Spheres of Influence

Rotating spheres of influence are usually done when there is joint decision making but the parents can’t decide equally on all decisions, because one parent has specific specialty or knowledge or interest in an area of decisions. For example, since the commencement of a divorce, one party has a specific religious zeal or passion that… Read More »