Parents must be able to protect their child custody rights. There are perhaps no cases that are filled with more intense, raw emotions than child custody disputes. If you are getting divorced, or are otherwise involved in any type of child custody or visitation case, you need be ready to take action to preserve your parental rights and protect the health and wellbeing of your kids.
At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, our compassionate Warren County child custody lawyers are proud to be dedicated advocates for parents throughout the area. If you are involved in a child custody dispute, our Warren County child custody attorneys are prepared to find the best solution for you and your family.
Understanding the Types of Child Custody in New York
In New York state, there are two aspects to every child custody agreement/order: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody refers to which parent or parents have the decision making authority, regarding certain important aspects of a child’s life. Examples include where the child will go to school, what medical treatment will the child receive, if the child will attend church, etc.
Physical custody refers to where the child will spend the majority of their time. In other words, the parent that has physical custody of the child will be the parent that the child lives with. They will have the responsibility to care for and supervise the child on a day-to-day basis.
Any combination of custody can be granted. For example, a parent could be awarded both sole physical custody and sole legal custody. Alternatively, a Warren County parent may be granted sole physical, but their former partner may be granted joint legal custody.