New York Child Custody


Keeping the Focus on the Child in Child Custody and Visitation Cases The Law Offices of Anne Peyton Bryant works hard to ensure that all parties to a custody dispute keep the real focus on the well-being of the subject children. We work diligently with parents throughout the New York City metro area to reach a result that is best for your children.

Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. As attorneys, parents, and spouses, we understand how the both the joys and the tribulations of parenthood can be complicated by a divorce. Contact a New York child custody attorney today for experienced and compassionate representation.

Representation in Child Custody and Visitation Matters Child custody is divided into 2 parts.

  •  Physical Custody (or “Residential Custody”) is where the child primarily resides; and
  • Legal Custody involves who makes major decisions on behalf of the child regarding health, education and general welfare of the child.

Any arrangement of the above is possible by a settlement agreement. It is even possible for one parent to have sole physical custody and the parties to share joint legal custody. Generally speaking, any settlement agreement the parties can reach together with their attorneys is better than anything that may imposed by a stranger, a/k/a “The Judge” if the parties cannot reach a settlement.

Visitation (Parenting Time)

Many parents still refer to the rights of the non-custodial parent to see their child as “visitation” however courts have evolved and now refer to each parent’s time with the child as “parenting time.” At the Law Offices of Anne Peyton Bryant, we fight for the non-custodial parent to be able to have as much “parenting time” with their child as may be possible.And remember, grandparents may have rights to visit with their grandchildren.

Here are just a few of the situations in which we can help you:

  • Enforcement by a non-custodial parent of a visitation agreement
  •  Modification of the parenting plan by a non-custodial parent
  • Modification of a visitation schedule by a parent with full or primary custody
  • Grandparents seeking visitation rights with their grandchildren
  • Which Parent Will Get Custody?

Which parent will have ultimately have physical or legal custody of your child is not a foregone conclusion. Simply because you’re a father doesn’t mean you will not win custody of your child and just because you’re a mother does not mean you will automatically get custody of your child. Having an experienced, knowledgeable attorney to help you achieve your goals is imperative. Whether you’re interested in seeking custody of your children or the other parent is attempting to take parenting time away from you, we have both the experience and the resources necessary to help you achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of your child. Contact our offices in Downtown Manhattan today to learn more.

Joint Custody or Sole Custody

It is a common misconception that courts will impose joint custody on parents. They will not. Joint custody is an arrangement made between the parents to jointly agree on all issues concerning the health, education and general welfare of the child. In New York, it is not something that will be imposed by the courts upon hostile parties. Joint custody is a viable option only if the parents have an amicable relationship and can communicate well in matters that affect the child. If the parents are not on friendly enough terms, chances are that the joint decision-making required in “joint custody” will result in more disagreements and conflict. In that case, the court will select one parent to be the sole decision maker, who will have what is referred to as having “legal custody” of the child. If you have questions regarding child custody and the legal options available to you for protecting your children, contact a lawyer from our firm today to learn how we can help

We take to trial only those cases in which we strongly believe; so you can be assured that when we do accept a case, we will do whatever it takes, within the full extent of the law, to pursue the desired result. We work with you to set reasonable, realistic expectations about the outcome of your case. If an investigation is required, we consult private investigators who can uncover important information relevant to the habits and lifestyle of the other parent. If necessary, we will ask a psychologist or social worker to evaluate the mental health of a parent or child and provide a home evaluation.

Emergency Applications for Custody

Seeking emergency temporary child custody may be appropriate under the following circumstances: If you believe your ex-spouse is imminently going to relocate with your child without your permission or the court’s consent If you notice signs of abuse or neglect by the other parent If the child is in imminent danger while being cared for by the other parent Our law firm can help you understand the process of seeking emergency temporary child custody to protect your child. We know how to proceed quickly in these cases to ensure the child’s safety. Contact Us · Joint and Sole Custody Attorneys · New York City It is always a good idea to seek the advice of an attorney as early in your hold custody process as possible, before relations with the other parent have become too acrimonious and both parents are entrenched. Contact us today — we are ready to assist you. You can reach us by email, or locally at (646) 421.6505

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