Child Custody & Visitation 

Brooklyn Child Custody Attorney

Visitation Lawyers in Brooklyn – Putting Children First

Parent with custodyMost parents are primarily concerned with maintaining a strong and positive relationship with their children. As a result, they focus intently on protecting their time with their children when drafting agreements regarding custody or visitation.

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.

Whether you are an unmarried parent seeking custody of your child or a parent negotiating custody arrangements during divorce, Arnel Law Firm is here to help. Our Brooklyn child custody attorneys serve clients throughout Kings County, Manhattan, and Queens.

Call us at 718-550-3024 to take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve Brooklyn and all of NYC.

Seeking Positive Resolutions

At Arnel Law Firm, our child custody lawyers in NYC 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 their parents. A good result is when they get the best of each parent, and we know how to make that happen.

We work closely with clients and opposing counsel to reach a positive settlement during negotiations over 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.

At What Age Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With in NY?

In New York, there is no specific age at which a child can decide who they want to live with. The court has the final say until the child turns 18.

The judge will evaluate which parent the child would like to name as their custodial parent. The older the child, the more seriously the judge will take their wishes. However, a judge isn't bound by a child's wishes.

Taking Custody Cases to Court

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 the Supreme Court of New York.

Our child custody lawyers in Brooklyn 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 seem 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. Attorney Curt 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 Brooklyn child custody lawyers also have 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. Our child custody attorneys in Brooklyn ensure that you and your child’s best interests are protected in negotiations and in court.

We are happy to answer your questions regarding custody or any other divorce matter during a free consultation. Contact us at 718-550-3024 to schedule an appointment.

Our Clients' Stories

  • “Mr. Arnel thank you very much for your help. When I received the court paper I wanted to call someone for help, you were the first Lawyer I call. You had help me before with some child support ...”

    - J.M.
  • “Excellent law firm. I am a father/service member that was awarded primary physical custody, final decision making of my son, and my child support payments was terminated thanks to Arnel law Firm. ...”

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Why Hire Arnel Law Firm?

  • Personalized solutions for you.

    Every case has its own unique circumstances that requires a methodical, thoughtful plan.

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    Safeguarding your best interests is always at the forefront of our approach to your case.

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    No matter how simple or complex your case, experience is essential in obtaining results.

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