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Child Custody And Visitation

Most parents are primarily concerned with maintaining a strong and positive relationship with their children. As a result, they focus intently on agreements regarding custody or visitation in order to protect their time with their children.

New York family law attempts to balance the interests of all parties involved while ultimately acting in the best interests of the children. Courts do not automatically aim for a 50-50 split in terms of actual time with the children, yet many of today’s parenting plans do come closer to providing equal parenting time for both parties.

The legal team at Arnel Law Firm in Brooklyn, New York, works with its clients and opposing counsel to reach agreement during negotiations on custody and visitation plans. By agreeing to terms without going to court, parents keep more control over the critical decisions that will shape their lives and the lives of their children.

We strive to see that the children will benefit from the best that each parent has to offer. In a fight, kids see the worst side of parents. A good result is when they get the best of each parent, and we know how to make that happen.

If a home environment becomes unsafe for your child due to drug abuse, child abuse or for any other reason, we can petition the court for a modification of an original divorce decree. Conversely, if you have been falsely accused of creating an unsafe environment for your child, we will aggressively defend your parental rights.

If an agreement cannot be reached, custody and visitation are determined by a judge. Litigation involving child custody is heard in New York Family Court or in the Supreme Court of New York.

Our lawyers are experienced litigators who have a thorough understanding of how to prepare the strongest possible case. We have a strong track record of producing favorable outcomes for our clients in custody matters, even when the odds seemed to be working against us.

In custody and visitation cases, we frequently have the assistance of an attorney for the child (AFTC), formerly known as a law guardian, who represents the children. Mr. Arnel previously served as a law guardian in many cases, so he understands how to work with the attorney appointed to serve your children.

Representing Parents With Special Needs Children

Our legal team also has extensive experience working with parents who have special needs children, including children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), spina bifida, learning disorders, speech and language delays, and other physical limitations. We are committed to leveling the playing field for these children.

We understand that a parenting plan for a typical child may not be appropriate for an autistic child or one with other developmental issues. We are sensitive to the care that must go into creating a parenting plan for families with special needs children who require unique accommodations. We are familiar with individualized education programs (IEP), mainstreaming and more. We ensure that their best interests are protected in negotiations and in court.

Contact Our Experienced Attorneys Today

We can answer your questions regarding custody or any other divorce matter during a free consultation. Contact us to schedule an appointment.