Long Island Child Visitation Attorneys

Long Island Child Visitation Attorneys

Protecting familial rights for child visitation in Nassau and Suffolk County

When children are involved in a divorce, they make an already emotional ordeal almost unbearable. The court will consider what is in the best interest for the child when deciding on a child custody and visitation case. When parents have joint custody or joint legal custody, family court will address the child’s shared home life during the trial or mediation. On the other hand, sole custody is more complicated and brings up a lot of child visitation issues. Though a parent may have sole custody, the other parent, grandparent, or sibling may still wants to take part in a child’s life. The court believes that a divorce should disrupt a child’s life as little as possible and continuing positive relationships is a part of that philosophy. If you feel like your visitation rights are being violated, contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. to discuss your case.

Sole custody and child visitation  

When involved with child visitation cases, one has to consider the implications of a parent having sole custody. Sole custody allows for one parent to possess the decision-making authority in a child’s life and provide the child his or her primary residence. Sole custody is rare and usually means that one of the parents is found to be unfit by a judge for a number of reasons. New York courts believe that a child’s best interest is served when both parents have continuing and ongoing access to the child. Even though one parent is awarded sole custody, Long Island courts believe the other parent should have the opportunity to prove that they can be a positive part of the child’s life.

Order for visitation explained

A petition seeking an order of visitation can be filed to get a court-ordered visitation schedule. The parent without custody will usually be granted some form of visitation during the trial by filing an order of visitation. Depending on the circumstances, visitation can be supervised or unsupervised. Sometimes, visitation needs to be reviewed after the fact because of unforeseen circumstances. A parent, grandparent, or sibling may file a petition seeking an order of visitation. The court will always act in the best interests of the child, and if that applies, will order visitation.

Mediation and child visitation

Sometimes family matters may use mediation to resolve child visitation issues. Mediation is the use of a third party in order to come to an agreement outside of the court, saving both the court and parents time and money. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. It allows for parents to positively communicate with each other about issues concerning the child. Centered on respect, the process helps parents to understand the situation in different ways that aid a resolution to the conflict. People prefer mediation because families are able to come to a more manageable conclusion that everyone can abide by.

Call our Long Island attorneys committed to positive familial relationships

If your divorce process involves a child, you have a lot to consider. If you believe your child visitation rights are being violated or need to protect your child from the visitation of someone who negatively impacts their life, contact a Long island attorney at The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. for the quality legal representation you deserve. Our legal team has the compassion and diligence to assist you through your situation and help you resolve your child visitation issue. Contact us today for a consultation.