Nassau County Child Custody Attorney
Finding the Best Solution for Your Children
When two people decide to go their separate ways and children are involved, it can be a highly emotional situation. At Anthony J. LoPresti, Attorney at Law, we strive to create positive custody and visitation plans that are in the children’s best interest and are also convenient for you as a parent. We work with the parents, psychologists and other professionals to determine who is most suitable to act as the proper legal custodian of the children after a divorce.
Contact a knowledgeable lawyer for assistance with child custody and visitation in the New York and Long Island area. We can arrange a schedule that works for you and your children. Call us at (516) 252-0223 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Child Custody Issues
There are some considerations to take into account if you are going through a divorce and children are involved.
Child’s safety - You must do what is necessary to protect your child. If your spouse has done anything to harm your child physically or emotionally, or you suspect he or she is capable of doing so, be sure you share this information with your lawyer. Action can be taken to protect your child during the proceedings and in the final divorce settlement. Even if it means embarrassing your spouse or publicly sharing information you would rather keep private, you must do whatever necessary to ensure your child is safe.
Child’s welfare - In many divorce cases, a child’s physical safety is not at risk, but the welfare of the child is still a concern. It is possible for two people to end a marriage, but continue to be active parents. Courts determine custody issues based on the requests of the divorcing parties, as well as the needs, requests and best interests of the children.
Special needs children - There are instances in which children have special needs and traditional custody arrangements are impossible. For instance, if a child is medically incapable of traveling even short distances or a non-custodial parent’s home is not equipped for dealing with the physical needs of a child, special arrangements might be necessary. Courts will take the health and specific needs of each child into account when making decisions about child custody.
Child advocacy - There are instances in which children are assigned guardians during divorce proceedings. This person is charged with protecting the child’s welfare. Hopefully, both parents involved in divorce proceedings will put their children’s needs first, but this is not always the case.
Child’s preference - Children might also be asked their opinions during divorce proceedings. Courts often take the requests of older children regarding custody and other issues into consideration when determining the final settlement in a divorce case.
Novel Custody & Visitation Arrangements
We look for novel approaches to child custody arrangements that work for both parents. If joint legal custody is the best option, both of you will make decisions regarding the child’s wellbeing.
Sometimes one custodial parent is chosen. In this instance, if you are a noncustodial parent, we can help you obtain more parenting time. We can also assist you in resolving custody disputes and child support issues, bringing you and your ex-spouse to a common ground.
Can You Work Together?
In our more than two decades of practicing family law, our team has learned that usually parents are better served by working together and resolving issues themselves. If you cannot agree, your child custody and visitation case will be left up to a judge, giving you little say in the final court-mandated arrangements.
If you need assistance coming to an amicable agreement, or legal representation in a dispute over child custody, contact attorney Anthony LoPresti at our Nassau County law office at (516) 252-0223.