Child Custody

Child custody can be one of the most emotional and stressful issues in any divorce  or legal separation.  It is crucial for any parent going through this kind of life-changing process to fully understand his or her custody rights and obligations. The Gulley Law Firm understands the complex emotional issues surrounding child custody and its importance to all parties, including the children. We will ensure that you have full understanding of the situation and we will vigorously fight for your rights and represent your interests in all child custody proceedings.

Determining Child Custody

In New York, children may be awarded to either parent, based on what is in the best interests for the child.  Some of the factors that are taken into consideration by the court are such things as the needs of the child, the stability of the home environment offered, the proximity of the parents’ homes to one another, the preference of the child if old enough to voice a reasonable opinion, the relationship the child has with parents and siblings, the fitness of the parents, any history of physical violence by either parent, and the parents’ employment responsibilities.

Coming to an agreement over child custody out of court gives parents more control over the terms of the agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, then court proceedings will determine the issue. Either way, a responsive and skilled child custody attorney can have a positive effect on your case.

Helping Families throughout New York

If you need assistance with a child custody matter, contact The Gulley Law Firm today!