Manhattan Child Custody Lawyer
Effectively Resolving Challenging Family Problems
When parents break up, who gets custody of children is often the most challenging issue to resolve. While most parents want what is best for their children, strong emotions and disagreement between spouses can turn decisions about the children into contentious legal battles. At The Levoritz Law Firm in Manhattan, our experienced attorneys help clients in gaining custody and visitation decisions that are fair to them and in the best interests of their children.
Depending upon your situation, we may be able to help you amicably negotiate a child custody and visitation plan with the other parent. But if agreement cannot be reached, going to trial may be the only way to resolve custody disagreements. Our Manhattan child custody attorney will be your staunch advocate at the negotiating table or in Family Court.
Don’t wait to get legal guidance if you are filing for custody or have been served with a summons. Get knowledgeable legal guidance from the start of your case by reaching out to our law firm right away. We have extensive experience successfully representing New York clients in custody and visitation cases. We will be by your side throughout the legal process, working toward getting you the most favorable outcome. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with an effective child custody lawyer.
Our Approach to Cases
About Our Child Custody LawyersYoni founded the firm in 2005 and since that time has built a long track record of success in handling family law and matrimonial cases. The hardworking attorney always stays up to date on current decisions and case law in his practice areas in order to provide the most strategic counsel to clients. He also writes extensively about family legal issues. He and his carefully handpicked team of child custody attorneys are champions for the rights of clients who are experiencing some of the most difficult times of their lives. We work compassionately with our clients, while zealously taking on opponents at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. But while we are forceful in standing up for clients’ interests against the other side, our legal ethics and courteousness never waver when we interact with any parties involved in cases.
Learn about Our Manhattan Child Custody AttorneyYoni founded the firm in 2005 and since that time has built a long track record of success in handling family law and matrimonial cases. The hardworking attorney always stays up to date on current decisions and case law in his practice areas in order to provide the most strategic counsel to clients. He also writes extensively about family legal issues. He and his carefully handpicked team of child custody attorneys are champions for the rights of clients who are experiencing some of the most difficult times of their lives. We work compassionately with our clients, while zealously taking on opponents at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. But while we are forceful in standing up for clients’ interests against the other side, our legal ethics and courteousness never waver when we interact with any parties involved in cases.
FULL-SERVICE CHILD CUSTODY AND FAMILY LAW FIRMThe Levoritz Law Firm provides the full spectrum of legal services in child custody cases. Whether you are seeking custody or want fair visitation terms, we are here for you. Whether you need support negotiating and preparing a parenting plan to present to the court for approval, a legal advocate in mediation, or an experienced litigator at trial, you can rely on our firm for effective guidance. If your child custody and visitation agreement is broken, we can represent you in a breach of contract or contract litigation case. We also have child support lawyers and spousal support attorneys who fight for clients when those agreements are violated. And if a judge’s decision in a child custody matter is simply not fair to you and you don’t believe it’s in your child’s best interests, or if the other side appeals a decision, our Manhattan child custody attorney has the extensive appellate litigation experience necessary to represent you on appeal.
Understanding New York Child Custody Laws
Effective Guidance from a NY Child Custody LawyerUnder New York child custody laws, the best interests of the child are the major determinant in child custody and visitation decisions. There are basically two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody describes who children live with. One parent may get sole physical custody, meaning children live with that parent more than 50 percent of the time, while the other gets visitation. In some cases, judges may award joint physical custody in which children live with each parent for equal amounts of time. Legal custody is the authority to make major decisions regarding education, health care, religious upbringing, and other important areas of children’s lives. One parent may get sole legal custody, or it may be awarded to both parents, who must then make these decisions together.
FACTORS NEW YORK COURTS CONSIDER IN DETERMINING CUSTODYIn deciding physical and legal custody, judges in New York Family Court consider a variety of factors. Some of them include:
- The relationship of children with each parent
- Which parent has been the main caregiver
- Which parent the child spends the most time with
- The mental and physical health of both parents
- Whether domestic violence has been an issue
- The parenting and nurturing skills of both parents
- Work schedules of parents
- Plans of each parent for outside childcare
- Whether a child has special needs and, if so, the ability of each parent to meet them
- Whether there are siblings involved.
OUR MANHATTAN CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER ANSWERS COMMON QUESTIONSChild custody cases can be complicated and confusing. Most people have many questions about how the process works and what rights they and their children have. In the following Q&A’s we provide answers to some of the questions we commonly hear. However, these are just general answers and do not take into account the unique circumstances of individual cases. To get specific answers based on your child custody situation, contact our Manhattan law office at (718) 942-4004 or use our online form to arrange a consultation. Once our child custody lawyer in Manhattan understands all the factors in your case, they will advise you about the path forward and what you may expect.
Can parents make their own custody decisions?
Are mothers favored over fathers in child custody decisions?
Who receives child support in different custody situations?
If parents were never married, how does the father ask the court for custody or visitation?
What is the process for a child custody proceeding?
What should I do if I don’t think my children are safe with their other parent?
How can I have a custody or visitation order changed?
What happens if I have primary custody and I need to move to another state?
Reach Out to Our New York Child Custody Lawyer Today
We Will Fight for Your Rights during Challenging Times
As a law firm that is focused in practicing family and matrimonial law, we have handled numerous cases related to child custody and related areas. Through our experience, we have gained in-depth insight into all the nuances and intricacies of New York’s child custody laws. We also know the judges and other legal professionals who practice in the city’s family courts. This knowledge of the law and the people involved with it helps inform us about how cases may progress and aids us in putting appropriate strategies in place that can give our clients the advantage in child custody proceedings.
Child custody conflicts require sensitive and compassionate handling. Emotions run high. When you’re embroiled in a proceeding that can impact the bonds you have with your children, it’s normal to feel anxious and even frightened about what the future may hold. Sometimes just having someone listen to your fears can help to ease your anxiety.
Our understanding Manhattan child custody lawyer will carefully listen to you, answer your questions, and do everything in their power toward getting you a satisfactory result that supports your relationship with your children now and into the future. Don’t take chances with the important parent-child bond. Get powerful legal help today.
When your life with your children is threatened, don’t settle for anything less than experienced legal representation. Our founder is a highly-lauded New York child custody attorney with an impressive record of securing successful custody and visitation decisions for clients. He is a strong advocate for the rights of both mothers and fathers and can always be counted on to stand up for yours.
The wrong child custody decision can negatively affect your relationship with your children forever. Get highly experienced legal help today by reaching out to The Levoritz Law Firm for assistance.