Child Custody Modification in New York
Advocating for Parents When Circumstances Change
You’ve probably heard the saying that “change is the only constant in life.” For divorced parents, a change in life circumstances may also merit the need to modify child custody agreements. At The Levoritz Law Firm in Manhattan, our knowledgeable child custody modification lawyers advise clients seeking to adjust custody arrangements. Depending upon the relationship between you and the other parent, we may be able to help you negotiate a modified custody arrangement that can then be presented to the judge for approval. If an amicable resolution is not possible, we will stand up for you in court when you have a valid reason for the change and believe it is in your child’s best interests.
Modifications to child custody agreements are not casually granted by the courts. When seeking a change, it is to your benefit to get legal guidance from the beginning of your case, especially if the other parent is opposing the modification. Our reputable Manhattan family law firm has an extensive background in successfully handling cases involving child custody modification in New York. We understand the circumstances necessary to justify a change in your custody arrangement and will work hard toward getting you a favorable result. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with an effective New York child custody attorney.
How Do I Modify a Custody Agreement in NY?
About the Modification Process
To modify a custody agreement in New York there must be a change in circumstances since the time that the current custody arrangement was put in place. However, even with a significant change in circumstances, as was true with the initial custody agreement, the child’s needs and best interests are still the main deciding factor in whether a modification will be approved. To ask for a modification, you will file a petition to modify custody with the New York family court that issued the original custody order. With your petition, you can include your revised custody arrangement or parenting plan. A hearing will be scheduled in which you will explain to the judge about the changed circumstances and present evidence to prove circumstances have changed.
What Are Reasons to Modify Child Custody?
There are various possible grounds for child custody modification. The court will consider the following factors:
- the original placement of the child
- maintaining stability for the children
- the length of time the existing custody arrangement has been in effect
- how faithful each party has been to the original order
- the child’s desires
- the relative fitness of the parents and past parenting performance
- any abduction or defiance of legal process
- the quality of the home environment
- the parental guidance given the child
- the parents’ financial status and ability of each parent to provide for the child
- the parent’s ability to provide for the child’s emotional and intellectual development
- ability to guide and provide for the child’s overall well-being
- the willingness of the parent to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent
- any domestic violence.
No matter what the reason for requesting a modification, you will have to show documentation, have witness testimony, or show other evidence that proves why you need a modification. Once you do, the judge may approve of your proposed modification, or make another change to the child custody arrangement based on what the court determines to be in a child’s best interests. Our attorneys will help you identify the proper information and evidence to present to the court to convince the judge why you need the modification and why it is in your child’s interests.
When circumstances have changed and you need to have an order modified to protect your child or preserve your relationship with him or her, get strategic legal assistance from experienced child custody modification lawyers.
Why Clients Trust Our New York Child Custody Modification Lawyers
Children’s concerns are often the most sensitive and emotional issues for people who have ended their marriage and are living separate lives. After going through divorce proceedings and initial child custody decisions, asking for a change to something that has already been decided, especially when the request could be highly contentious, may seem daunting. With skilled and compassionate legal help, the anxiety can be lessened. Our attorneys at The Levoritz Law Firm can provide that help.
About Yonatan Levoritz
Yonatan Levoritz, our firm’s founder, is a highly accomplished Manhattan matrimonial and family law attorney. Yoni founded The Levoritz Law Firm in 2005 with the goal of helping clients effectively navigate their difficult legal problems, and as his long track record of successful outcomes illustrates, he consistently meets that goal. He demonstrates his commitment to achieving satisfactory resolutions for clients by always staying up to date on current decisions, statutes, and case law in order to provide the most informed and strategic guidance possible. Yoni also publishes frequently on family law topics. He and his entire team of carefully chosen attorneys are noted not only for their skill in handling cases, but also for their legal ethics. While Yoni and his team often zealously approach cases, they always do so with respect and courtesy to all parties and sides.
New York clients rely on us to find effective solutions to their most sensitive family law problems. We will work hard on your behalf when you need to have a child custody order modified.
New York Child Custody Modification Lawyers Answer FAQs
Here are answers to some common questions related to child custody modifications. These are general answers and do not consider the unique circumstances of individual cases. To have your unique concerns addressed, contact our Manhattan law office at (718) 942-4004 or through our online form to arrange a consultation.
How long do child custody orders last in New York?
How soon after the original order was put in place can I get a modification?
How hard is it to modify child custody?
Do I need an attorney for a child custody modification in New York?
Every child custody modification is different. Contact The Levoritz Law Firm directly to have your specific concerns addressed.
Either parent can ask for and be granted a modification to a child custody order. We help both mothers and fathers in child custody modification proceedings who wish to alter custody in their child’s best interests because of a material change in circumstances. As mentioned before, getting a modification is not a simple process, especially if parents are not in agreement. You can give yourself the best chance of having an order changed with strong legal counsel. Call (718) 942-4004 to learn how our law firm can help you.
Wondering How to Win a Custody Modification Case?
Reach Out to Our Child Custody Modification Lawyers
When the custody of your children is affected, you should not settle for anything less than an attorney who is focused on winning. Our New York lawyer is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of family law clients and will not back down in pursuing a decision that goes in your favor. Whether you are seeking a change to a custody order or disputing a modification petition filed by the other parent, you can rely on our law firm to provide top-quality legal representation.
Our law firm practices exclusively in family and matrimonial law. By concentrating in a single area of the law, we can stay abreast of changes in the law, judicial precedent and recent decisions in child custody modification cases. Additionally, our attorneys know the judges and other legal professionals who practice in the city’s family courts. This knowledge allows us to anticipate how cases we handle may progress and helps us in advising clients about strategies that can benefit them in child custody modification proceedings.
Conflicts over child custody are among the most difficult problems families can experience. These conflicts affect parents, children and other close relatives who are concerned about children’s welfare. Our compassionate lawyers understand all the sensitivities and ramifications of custody disputes and how making changes to orders that were already decided can cause conflicts to arise again. We know change is never easy and when it potentially impacts your bonds with your children, it’s normal to feel anxious and confused. When you hire our Manhattan law firm to represent you, you can count on us to work with you empathetically, while zealously standing up for your rights and interests and those of your child.
The wrong decision when it comes to a child custody modification can reverberate throughout your relationship with your child. The Levoritz Law Firm is committed to your interests. When we take your case, we will fight hard for you.