Anyone who has faced legal issues knows how nerve-racking they can be. When those legal issues involve a family member, they can become infinitely more stressful and overwhelming. The relationships we have with family have the potential to shape our lives forever, and if they become damaged or fractured over a legal dispute, we can be dealing with the consequences for years to come.
That's why it's so important that you work with an experienced family law attorney to help you through your unique situation and ensure that your rights as a spouse and a parent are protected — no matter what. As the founder and principal attorney of St. Clair & Associates, PLLC, I've spent decades working with individuals and families in Brooklyn and across the New York Metro area to serve all their legal needs.
Through the years, I've assisted with complex child custody battles, coordinating parental visitation rights, drafting and modifying child support orders, providing counsel and representation for juvenile delinquency cases, and even assisting with guardianship matters. Whatever legal issues you may be facing, I'm happy to do whatever I can to help you and your family find a swift and just resolution.
Understanding Child Custody and Visitation
One meaningful measure I try to take with all of my clients is explaining to them the circumstances that they're facing from a legal standpoint. Doing so helps my clients better understand what they're up against and the legal options that they have available to them.
If you're preparing for a child custody battle, you need to understand some of the specifics when it comes to how the state decides custody. In the state of New York, there are two types of custody:
- Sole Custody - This means that only one parent (or caregiver) has the authority to make decisions about the child's welfare. This doesn't mean the other parent doesn't have the right to have input, but all decisions will ultimately lie with the parent who retains sole custody.
- Joint Custody - This means that both parents (or caregivers) share the authority to make decisions for the child. With joint custody, it's essential that both parents communicate effectively so that they can make intelligent and informed decisions together.