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Tag Archives: child custody

How a Child’s Preference Affects Custody

A child’s preference for living with a parent can affect custody decisions in many states, including New York. However, while most judges will consider a stated preference, they are still obligated to rule in a way that protects a child’s best interest. Judges have a great deal of leeway when they make custody decisions. Among… Read More »

Handling Child Custody Between Unmarried Parents

Negotiating child custody arrangements between parents can be one of the most contentious areas after a divorce. Likewise, unmarried parents often have to confront the same set of complicated issues about the care and welfare of their children when they separate, including determining living arrangements, obtaining child support and setting up a visitation schedule. Special… Read More »

What Not to Do While Seeking Custody of Your Children

It’s not uncommon for child custody disputes to grow bitter and lead to long, drawn-out court battles. Both parent understandably wants as much time with their children as possible, and they do not want to have to compromise on child support arrangements. However, there are certain actions that parents can take during custody hearings and… Read More »

Alienation Through Munchhausen by Proxy

In the mid-nineties there were many cases involving “chronic fatigue syndrome” and Lyme disease.  Lately, it seems that one in 5 divorces involve a child who is suffering from A.D.D. and/or A.D.H.D. or another “not otherwise specified” (N.O.S.) cognitive problem. Attention Deficit Disorder (“A.D.D.”) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (“A.D.H.D.”) are being aggressively diagnosed and… Read More »

Why are Mothers Most Often Awarded Child Custody?

Though child custody laws generally no longer presume that children should stay with their mother after a divorce, the fact is that mothers are still awarded custody of their children more often than fathers. So what is the reason for this? First, courts more often find that the mother meets the qualifications for being considered… Read More »

Woman Found Guilty of Endangering Child in Poorly Maintained Home

A woman in Queens has been found guilty of endangering her three children after she was found living in squalor. According to the local prosecutor’s office, Katherine Vartholomeou was living with her children in a house that was missing some exterior walls and part of the roof. The home also had no running water and… Read More »

Putting Together a Solid Transportation Plan for Visitations

When parents get divorced, one of the child custody considerations they will have to make is when the non-custodial parent will have visitation time and how children will get to and from those scheduled visitations. One of the best ways to strengthen these visitation plans is to include a thorough transportation plan so that everyone… Read More »

When Parents Dodge Support Obligations: Imputing Income

When a child is born, his or her parents inherit the joy and responsibility that comes with having a child. Emotionally, it does not matter if the child is one or 40 — most parents will always harbor a deep connection with their child and feel a responsibility to that person. Legally, being a parent… Read More »

The Deadbeat Issue: Enforcing Child Support in New York

When a couple with children gets divorced, each parent still has a responsibility to help care for and support their children. To ensure that each adheres to this requirement, New york requires the parents to reach a support agreement that formalizes the terms of the support arrangement. This contract specifically outlines each parent’s support obligations… Read More »

Relocating Your Child Out of State After a Divorce

When divorces occur, it’s somewhat common for one parent to relocate out of the state. However, it’s also important to consider how such a relocation could affect the children in the relationship.  Moving out of state with children after a divorce has an impact on more than just the parent who wants to relocate. The… Read More »

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