When an individual is facing a custody battle in New York State, everyone involved is feeling the emotional effects of the situation. Contested matters of child custody not only hurt both parents, the child hurts as well, especially when they are not old enough to understand what is going on. When the New York State family court has to step in and make a decision regarding child custody, they will do everything in their power to rule in the best interests of the child. Often, the court considers factors such as the quality of life each parent can provide, the emotional and physical health of each parent, each parent’s history of domestic violence or substance abuse, and more.
If the judge comes across factors about one parent that raise red flags, they may get the impression that the parent should not have custody of the child at all. Though sole custody awards are very rare, the judge is not going to allow a parent that may pose a risk to the child to have custody. When a sole custody agreement has been reached, the parent that does not have custody may want to request visitation rights so they can continue to forge a relationship with their child.
Of course, sole custody can be a very difficult reality to face. It is important to discuss one’s situation with an experienced family law attorney that can fight for the future of the family. If you have questions about custody, contact our firm today.
The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. understands that divorce and family law matters can be very complicated and emotional. They require strong legal representation from a compassionate attorney. Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation.