Long Island Child Custody Lawyer

Helping Parents Build Relationships With Their Children

In most divorces, child custody and parenting-time issues are the most heated and emotional topics for the parties involved. Brettschneider & Brettschneider LLP takes a balanced, calm approach to difficult child custody issues. We use negotiation, mediation and litigation to help clients throughout Long Island, New York, to create custody agreements and parenting schedules that provide parents and children with a sense of security and peace.

Contact us to discuss your child custody and parenting plan options with an experienced Long Island child custody attorney.

The Best Interests Of The Child

Courts once favored mothers when awarding child custody, but this is no longer the case. New York courts now determine custody based upon the "best interests of the child" standard and consider numerous factors, including:

  • The status quo custody arrangement
  • The location of both parents
  • The child's living environment with each parent
  • The location of the child's school and friends
  • The level of care that each parent is able to give to the child
  • The effect of a sibling separation
  • The child's preference (if old enough to express one)
  • Parental fitness, including issues of substance abuse or domestic violence

Neither parent is favored by the court when determining the best interests of the child. Brettschneider & Brettschneider has helped both mothers and fathers obtain custody of their children.

Custody: Legal Vs. Physical

There are two different types of child custody:

  • Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child primarily resides.
  • Legal custody refers to decision-making power regarding the medical care, religion, education and general upbringing of the child.

It is possible to arrange a custody plan that involves any combination of physical and legal custody. For example, parents often share joint legal custody, while one parent has sole physical custody and the other has ample "parenting time" (formerly known as visitation).

Over the last 29 years, we have found that it is better for parents to negotiate or mediate child custody issues, rather than having a stranger (the judge) make such crucial decisions. At Brettschneider & Brettschneider, we will work to minimize the conflict and help you find a child custody solution that works for the entire family.

Brettschneider & Brettschneider · Suffolk County Custody Dispute Attorney

Call our office at 631-367-3111 or contact us online to arrange a consultation with an experienced child custody lawyer.