When parents in Rockland County, New York realize that their marriage is no longer working, they may start thinking about getting divorced. A divorce when children are involved is often very difficult for the entire family to face. One of the unfortunate realities of divorce that will impact both the children and the parents tremendously is when a child custody agreement has to be determined.

In New York, if the parents cannot make a decision on child custody by themselves, the court will have to step in and make this decision on behalf of the parents. In order to accomplish this, the court will assess a number of different factors in an effort to determine what is in the child’s best interest. Most of the time, the court will award joint custody and allow both parents to have a portion of the parenting time. However, in the event that the court believes one of the parents is “unfit,” they may award sole custody to the other parent. With that said, the parent who has lost custody may still request visitation time with the child.

Due to the emotional nature of custody, it is important to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney that can fight for the future of your family.

Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Rockland County, New York when they require compassionate and effective legal guidance. If you require experienced legal representation for any of your divorce and family law matters, contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.