In any divorce or separation case, child custody is often one of the most contested issues. Your child has grown accustomed to a very specific lifestyle living in your marital home, and ending your marriage is bound to cause a great deal of stress. Although you may be tempted to request a certain visitation schedule that may upset your spouse and your child, it is important to always consider your children's best interest.
Child custody is most often contested because both parents usually have a vested interest in spending significant time with their children. If you and your spouse are facing a divorce and you are unsure how it will affect your children, meeting with an experienced lawyer is in your best interest. It is always best to try to work out your differences and come out with a workable agreement outside of court, as going to litigation can quickly become complex, overwhelming, and expensive.
The noncustodial parent has a right to visit with his or her children as much as possible. This is usually accomplished by an agreement between the parties. While some people like to have a specific visitation schedule others like to keep visitation open-ended considering that schedules always change. Not every solution works for all scenarios and for that reason it is important that you speak to a knowledgeable attorney who can advise you on what may be best for you and your children.
If you and your spouse cannot come up with an agreement that protects the best interest of your children, you will have to go to litigation. In cases where the divorce is highly contested, a couple may need a judge to step in to help decide custody/visitation issues. The decision will be placed in a judge's hands, where the court will consider your child's safety and welfare, among other factors. A Staten Island child custody lawyer from my firm is available to answer your questions and address your concerns. I even offer flexible payment plans for your convenience.
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