Child Custody: Developing A Plan In Your Child’s Best Interests
Child custody determinations are often one of the most contentious aspects of any divorce proceeding. When it comes to child custody, the court will apply a variety of different factors in an effort to determine what will be in the child’s best interest. At the law firm of Durante, Bock & Tota, PLLC, our attorneys will help you do the same, identifying your goals, determining the best way to achieve them while keeping your child’s best interests at the forefront of any decision. To schedule a consultation at our law offices in Yorktown Heights, call 914-245-6060.
Physical Custody Vs. Legal Custody
For legal purposes, there are two types of custody that the court may grant. Physical custody refers to the residence where the child will spend most of his or her time. Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make major decisions on behalf of the child, such as those concerning education, religious upbringing and health care. Legal custody may be granted to either one or both parents.
Even if both physical and legal custody are granted to only one parent, the courts still recognizes that a relationship with both parents is beneficial in most cases. The court may grant visitation rights to a parent who does not have custody of the child.
Making Modifications To A Custody Order
Unlike some terms of a divorce decree, orders for child custody are not necessarily set in stone. If a parent wishes to relocate, it may be necessary to seek a modification to a custody order. The court will also order modifications in other circumstances as well. Whether you are seeking a modification or wish to challenge a modification request, our lawyers will help advocate for your interests.