When parents in New York get divorced, the issue of child custody is usually one of the most contentious issues they have to deal with. Understandably, finding a child custody arrangement that suits both parents can be difficult amid the complicated emotions of divorce. However, despite their negative feelings, parents must consider what is in the best interest of their children during these difficult times. Please continue reading to learn about the different kinds of custody arrangements available in New York and how a compassionate Nassau County Child Custody Lawyer can help fight for your family. 

What is the Most Common Custody Arrangement?

Firstly, it’s imperative to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all custody arrangement, as every family’s situation is unique. In New York, two main types of custody are physical and legal. Within each category, two primary custody arrangements exist sole and joint (or shared) custody.

Physical custody refers to the right of a parent to reside and take care of their children daily. Essentially, it’s the parent the child primarily lives with. Legal custody, on the other hand, refers to the right of a parent to make significant decisions about their children’s life. This includes decisions regarding their academics, religious instruction, participation in extracurricular activities, health care, etc. Legal custody can be joint, meaning both parents can decide their children’s upbringing together. It’s important to note that if a child lives with one parent for more than 51% of the time, that parent has primary custody. The court generally favors joint custody so that both parents can maintain their relationship and regular contact with their children.

Which one is Best for Children?

Joint custody is an agreement in which parents share parenting time with the children and split their parental responsibilities. There are different ways in which parents can split joint custody. Some couples use a 50/50 model or alternate weeks with the children using a 2-2/5-5 schedule. Joint custody agreements are the most common custody arrangement because the court believes it’s in a child’s best interests to benefit from an ongoing relationship with both parents. This arrangement allows both parents to spend meaningful time with their children and remain active participants in their children’s lives.

Nevertheless, this arrangement works best for parents who live nearby and can work together to decide the child’s welfare. If parents cannot put their differences aside for the sake of their children, this custody arrangement may not be the best option. That said, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced Nassau County child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Eyal Talassazan, P.C., who can help you determine which custody arrangement is right for your family. Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you with these complex matters.