Long Island Child Custody Attorney

No website can give you complete legal advice on any topic. For that, you should contact Divins & Divins, PC, Attorneys at Law, local Long Island Child Custody Attorney, Divorce Lawyers in the field of legal separation, divorce, and child custody cases.

However, here is some general information regarding child custody laws in the United States.

First of all, what is “legal custody”? Having legal custody means you are the primary authority for the child and that you have the right to make decisions for him or her. What types of decisions? Areas such as where the child will go to school; where or whether your child will attend synagogue, church, or other religious institution; what should be done for your child when he or she is hurt or ill; and so on.

There are various types of child custody, depending on the family situation and the court’s decision.

  • Sole legal custody: Only one parent is granted the rights to make the types of decisions mentioned above.
  • Joint legal custody: Both parents are granted the rights to make the types of decisions mentioned above, even if the parents do not live together. That is, parents may be granted joint legal custody while not sharing joint physical custody.
  • Third-party legal custody: If the court determines that neither parent is a suitable guardian for the child, it may grant custody to a third party (often a relative, such as a grandparent, adult sibling, or other).
  • “Bird’s nest” custody: The child lives continuously in a central location with each parent staying with him or her for specified periods.

The type of visitation allowed may vary, depending on the situation.

  • Unsupervised visitation: The parent is allowed to have the child in his or her home without third-party supervision.
  • Supervised visitation: In situations in which the court deems the child to be in potential danger when with a parent, a third party may be designated to supervise times of visitation.
  • Virtual visitation: This occurs when a parent may not be physically present with the child but “visits” through the Internet (using Skype, FaceTime, or some other form of live interaction).
  • Therapeutic supervised visitation: In situations where the relationship between the parent and child is strained, a third party, such as a social worker, may be required to be present.

If you have any questions concerning the often difficult and painful issues involved with Child Custody Attorneys Long Island, contact Divins & Divins, PC, Attorneys at Law for a free, confidential, professional consultation.