In most cases of Child Custody on Long Island, custody is awarded to the mother or father of the child and typically it’s a combination of both. However, there are some situations where the child’s safety and wellbeing is at risk if they are placed with either the mother or father.
In these instances, another party can seek to establish legal guardianship. This is often done by other relatives, like aunts and uncles or grandparents. Here are the top three things you should know about legal guardianship on Long Island and how you can get the legal advocacy you need to pursue this challenging path. (more…)
Once you’ve been ordered to pay child support or alimony by a Long Island court, there are very few circumstances in which you can stop or even lower your payments. One of these is if you lose your job. However, this does not mean that as soon as you lose your job that you can simply stop making child support or alimony payments — doing so could cause you a great deal of trouble. Here’s what you should do if you’re making child support or alimony payments on Long Island and lose your job or receive a reduction in salary. (more…)
The needs of families going through divorce or child custody issues on Long Island have changed over the years, and fortunately, technology has caught up. Forget paper calendars that mark when your ex gets the kids and when they’re supposed to bring them back. Forget writing down every single thing your ex says during a phone conversation in case you need it later. Co-parenting apps exist and are often endorsed by Long Island courts, making it easier than ever to keep track of timesharing and communication between you and your ex. Here’s how co-parenting apps can help make your Long Island divorce smoother. (more…)
When most people consider child custody on Long Island, they think about married couples getting a divorce and determining how parenting time is divided between the two. However, divorcing couples are not the only people who have to deal with matters of child custody. These issues also affect unmarried parents, and traditionally, most people also think unmarried fathers automatically have fewer parental rights than unmarried mothers do. However, as New York law progresses and the State has realized that a child mentally and emotionally benefits greatly from equal time spent with each parent, unmarried fathers are gaining ground. (more…)
A shared child custody agreement on Long Island is basically a 50/50 share of parenting time with the child(ren). In this case it might seem fair and appropriate that the parents should also share 50% of all expenses, but in New York, that is not the way it works. Even in shared child custody arrangements, one parent is deemed the non-custodial parent and that parent is the one who is ordered to pay child support regardless of the amount of time they spend with the child(ren). (more…)
Going through a divorce is a difficult process for anyone on Long Island, whether the split was amicable or not, and when children are involved, it can become even more complicated. Maintaining a good co-parenting relationship after your split is essential to ensure that your children are getting what they need from both parties and they do not become tools to direct your anger toward each other. (more…)