Tag Archives: child custody

Different Types of Child Custody Arrangements

Depending on the circumstances of your relationship and divorce, courts may choose from any of a variety of types of child custody arrangements. While courts may draft unique arrangements based on your divorce, there are typically four different types of child custody arrangements that are used:  Legal custody. A person who has legal custody a… Read More »

What are the Basic Rights of Children in a Divorce?

As you go through your divorce, the court system will determine your ability to meet the basic needs and rights of your children when setting child custody arrangements. Your ability to meet these needs determines how fit you are to be a primary custodian.  Some examples of those basic needs and rights include:  Quality education…. Read More »

Enforcing Your Right to Child Visitation

If you have not been granted full custody of your children, the courts have likely given you a specific visitation arrangement that will enable you to see them. There are a variety of types of visitation, including weekend visitation, supervised visitation and more. If anyone attempts to interfere with your rights of visitation, there are… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Breakup Leads to Unusual Custody Battle

New York passed the Marriage Equality Act in 2011, which allowed for the marriage of same-sex couples throughout the state. However, one couple soon found that there were some unusual circumstances surrounding child custody during New York same-sex divorces. Now one woman is left scrambling to figure out how to have access to her adopted… Read More »

Study Indicates Children of Wealthier Parents More Affected By Divorce

A new study by Georgetown University researchers published in the journal Child Development indicates that children with wealthier parents are generally more impacted by divorce than children with poorer parents. The research suggests that wealthier children will have greater benefits from being part of stepfamilies, but will be more likely to have behavioral problems. The… Read More »

Recent Ruling Reinforces Spheres of Custodial Influence

A recent Second Judicial Department ruling affirmed spheres of custodial influence in a New York custody case. Shared legal and physical custody is now a common post-divorce parenting arrangement. With the trend toward shared time and decision-making responsibility, some couples experience difficulty communicating with each other in the best interests of their children. My firm… Read More »

Going for the Gold: The Bode Miller Custody Case Continues

For many parents, battles over custody are long and uncertain. The case of Samuel Bode Miller-McKenna is no different. A contentious legal action arose when Sara McKenna, now of New York, became pregnant after dating Olympic skiing champion Bode Miller, who resides in California. Mr. Miller, who initially showed no interest in the pregnancy, vigorously… Read More »

Custody Issues: Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

Change happens. Recently the Appellate Division, Second Department reversed a dramatic trial court ruling that denied the petition of a mother to relocate—and awarded her ex-husband sole legal and physical custody of her children.  Yvette Cruz and Daniel Caruso are the parents of nine-year old twins.  The couple divorced in 2004. In 2007, both parties… Read More »

Contested Custody and Forensic Reports in New York

Reality often seems to take a walk during the heat of a bitter custody battle. In January, a prominent neurosurgeon tried to take a walk with a court report concerning his children—and was arrested.  Dr. Eric Braverman is a well-known Manhattan surgeon, radio personality and author of anti-aging books. Wisely or not, Dr. Braverman is… Read More »

Mother Fails to Provide Evidence of Enhancement in Relocation Bid

A recent bid before the Appellate Division, Second District failed when a mother was unable to provide important information to support her desired relocation after a divorce.  In Christy v. Christy, appellant Lisa Christy sought relief from a family court decision that prohibited her from carrying out a proposed relocation with the children of her… Read More »