Category Archives: Child custody

What a Father Should Know About Seeking Full Custody

Most fathers do not envision needing to fight to prove they can provide the best home for their child. Yet, every day fathers across the country must go to court to seek full custody. Preparation, follow-through and consistency are keys to success. Family courts prioritize the best interests of the child, not the wishes of… Read More »

Questions You Will Need to Answer at a Child Custody Hearing

New York courts hold child custody hearings when parents cannot reach agreements on parenting plans. The hearing can be monumentally stressful, since emotions are likely to run high where parent-child relationships are involved. Going over the questions you are likely to be asked — and knowing your answers — may provide you with valuable peace… Read More »

Getting Your Non-Emergency Child Custody Issue Heard During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has created unique challenges for parents dealing with child custody orders or agreements. Not surprisingly, some parents have simply run out of patience with self-help remedies and may feel like their only remaining option is to go to court, either to enforce an existing arrangement or to seek a formal modification of… Read More »

Be Sure to Account for the Holidays in a Child Custody Schedule

Over the holidays, you may need to adjust your child custody or visitation schedule to make sure both parents have the opportunity to spend quality time with their children. Here are a few examples of some of the ways parents split holiday time after a divorce. Alternate holidays: You might consider alternating the holidays for… Read More »

Education and Activities Provisions in Custody Arrangements

Some people may wish to add provisions related to their children’s education and afterschool activities to their custody arrangements. Here are just a few common examples of some of these provisions. Important school information: The custody arrangement might contain information about the school the child will attend, as well as how each parent will be… Read More »

Resolving Parental Disputes Over a Child’s Gender Identity

Parents disagree, often vehemently, on many aspects of how a child should be raised, from what church or school the child should attend to what sports they should play. But such issues, as important as they may be, pale in comparison to a child’s gender. What happens when parents have opposing views on how a… Read More »

Considerations for Custody Plans for Infants

While the general standard courts will use for determining child custody arrangements is always “the best interest of the child,” there are some unique considerations the court must factor into its custody plans for infants. For example: Frequency: When babies are very young, it is important for them to have frequent interactions and contact with… Read More »

Tips for Shared Parenting During the Pandemic

Co-parenting can be challenging under any circumstances. When you have shared custody during a global pandemic, the level of that challenge only increases. Here are a few examples of some issues that may arise within your family regarding shared parenting during the pandemic and some of the steps you can take to confront or overcome… Read More »

Tips for Managing Custody Exchanges During the Pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some significant changes to the way we live our lives, parents who have shared custody agreements should know that custody and visitation guidelines remain in place during the pandemic, as both parents have the same right to maintaining a relationship with their children. This means when it comes… Read More »

What to Do About Visitation Refusal During COVID-19

The stay at home orders issued by most governors around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in some challenges for divorced parents with timesharing or visitation arrangements for their children. Custodial parents may be hesitant to allow visitation to continue as normal due to the risk of infection. So what should you do… Read More »