Dedicated Rensselaer County Fathers’ Rights Attorney Assisting Clients in New York State
Under New York law (DRL Section 70) there is no presumption about one parent’s right to custody of the child over another. However, fathers in Rensselaer County often are denied custody when they cannot come to an agreement about shared legal and physical custody of the child with the child’s other parent. At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, we recognize how emotionally difficult a child custody battle can be, no matter what your circumstances might be. These cases become even more emotionally charged when a father is denied physical custody of the child simply because he was the primary earner in the family and therefore was not the child’s primary caretaker during the marriage.
When the court makes a decision about child custody, New York law (DRL Section 240) requires the court to determine what is in the best interests of the child. A number of the factors that the court can consider may unfairly prejudice fathers seeking custody, but a Rensselaer County fathers’ rights attorney can help you to fight for an equitable and just child custody order.
Understanding How Child Custody Works in Rensselaer County
To better understand just how important a fathers’ rights lawyer can be in your child custody case, it is important to get a sense of how child custody proceedings work in New York State. In general, the court will award custody in one of the following ways:
- Joint legal and joint physical custody;
- Joint legal and sole physical custody;
- Sole legal and joint physical custody; or
- Sole legal and sole physical custody.
Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions about the care of the child (such as medical care), as well as important decisions about the child’s upbringing (such as the child’s religion). The child does not need to live with both parents in order for the parents to share legal custody. However, if one parent is awarded sole legal custody, then that parent alone has the right to make all important decisions about the child’s upbringing and care. Physical custody refers to residential custody, or who will be responsible for the day-to-day physical care and supervision of the child. When one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent typically will have visitation.