Helping You Understand The Law When It Comes To Custody, Visitation And Child Support

Whether you are facing legal issues involving child custody, visitation or child support, the dedicated legal professionals at The Rand Law Firm, P.C., are here to provide you with personalized, effective legal guidance.

We understand how important your child is to you, so we will do everything possible to help ensure your child's well-being is protected and your rights are safeguarded. Attorney Peter L. Rand has more than 20 years of legal experience and serves as a court-appointed Law Guardian (Attorney for the Child) ― meaning he has a distinct knowledge of these processes from every angle.

You have legal options available, so let us meet with you and explain these options. We will do whatever is necessary to achieve the best results for you and your child.

Child Custody In New York: The Basics

If, during divorce proceedings, parents are able to come to their own agreement regarding custody and visitation, the court will likely approve their custody arrangement.

However, if the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will resolve the issue for them by examining which custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child. There are a number of factors a New York court may consider when determining a child's best interests, including:

  • The physical and emotional needs of the child
  • The existing relationship between the child and his or her parents, siblings and extended family
  • The physical and mental health of each parent
  • The ability of each parent to care for the child
  • The ability of each parent to work together and cooperate when raising the child
  • The preference of the child, if he or she is mature enough to express a preference
  • Any history of domestic violence or abuse

However, regardless of whether your child custody dispute is resolved in the courts or through mediation with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you need a lawyer by your side protecting your rights as a parent.

What About Child Support?

Unlike child custody and visitation, child support obligations in New York are largely determined using a mathematical formula that takes into account the combined income sources of both parents, including wages, salaries, investment income and retirement benefits, among others.

In most cases, this formula will result in the noncustodial parent having to pay child support. However, given the complexity of these calculations, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney for help.

Your Child's Future Is At Stake, So Contact Us Today

If you have legal questions and need to speak to an experienced child custody and support attorney, contact The Rand Law Firm, P.C., today. We can even provide guidance regarding modification requests to existing custody or support orders. Our office is conveniently located in East Islip Village, allowing us to serve clients throughout Long Island and the surrounding areas, including Queens. Email us online or call us at 631-693-4574 to schedule your FREE consultation.