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Suffolk County Child Custody Attorney: Joint Custody

Joint Custody in Suffolk County

Until a child turns eighteen, the New York state court can make decisions regarding a child's custody and visitation. The law states that a custody award is based on the best interests of the child or children. In most cases, the court will want the child to have access to both parents. The decision regarding custody could be physical custody, joint custody or in some instances, the placement of a child in a relative's care if the parents are proven to be unable to care for their children adequately.

Joint custody could be the best choice for the child. When a divorce has been bitter and the two former partners are not able to communicate, this can be difficult initially. Getting these matters resolved and helping our client and their children move forward with their new life with the least amount of emotional upheaval and stress is important.

A Suffolk County divorce lawyer from the Steven P. Kuhn, Attorney at Law will make every effort to smooth this process and get the resolution you want. At this crucial time you need trusted legal counsel to pursue the outcome that you believe is best for you and your children.

Is joint custody the best choice for your child?

The decision about joint custody is determined by the court when it cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation and the following are some of the considerations that may be taken into account:

  • Which parent has been the main caregiver to the child or children;
  • The parenting skills, mental and physical health of each parent
  • Work schedules of each parent
  • The parent's ability to cooperate with the other parent
  • Any domestic violence in the family

Joint custody is often the best possible choice for the children, allowing them substantial access to both parents. This can be less troubling for the children, even if they have two homes. When you are interested in sharing custody with your former spouse, we can help you get the matter resolved and present it to the court, or can fight for this form of custody should it be necessary.

Contact a Suffolk County child custody lawyer from our firm for trusted legal counsel.

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