Helping Divorcing Parents Develop Workable Parenting Plans
As parents, both spouses in a divorce have a very personal interest in the children’s upbringing. Both have the right to have a say in the decisions that are made on the children’s behalf, and both have the right to seek an equal share of the overnights with the child. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the parents’ wishes are not the deciding factor in the final custody arrangement. It is the child’s best interests that the courts will seek to ensure.
While the courts generally prefer joint or shared custody arrangements, they are always reviewed to ensure that it is the best option for all concerned parties. The location of each parent, housing situations, the fitness of each parent to care for the children and many other considerations will all be addressed by the court in its decision to approve a joint custody arrangement.
These can be very emotional and often highly contested proceedings that require the attention of an experienced Syracuse joint child custody attorney who understands the law and has the ability to properly handle your case. At DeRoberts Law Firm, attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts has helped clients on both sides of these cases to reach a favorable outcome that serves the child’s interests without diminishing the parents’ rights.
Experienced New York Shared Custody Attorney
In all custody cases, there are two types of custody that need to be determined: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child will live and on which days. Legal custody refers to each parent’s ability to make decisions on the children’s behalf, including medical care, education, extracurricular activities, religious affiliation and others. In either case, custody can be awarded solely to one parent or jointly to both.
As your lawyer, Mr. DeRoberts will take the time to thoroughly review your case and gain a complete understanding of your expectations. He will explain your legal options and work with you to develop the best approach to seeking a positive resolution. Mr. DeRoberts’ extensive experience on both sides of these cases allows him to provide much effective representation in every case he accepts.