White Plains Child Custody Lawyers
New York firm assists parents with matters relating to legal authority and residence of their children
While a divorce or separation is a decision made by parents, children unfortunately suffer the consequences as well. Custody tends to be one of the most high-conflict areas of divorce, and therefore requires an attorney with specific knowledge in the areas of child development, forensic child custody evaluations and trial practice.
However, it is crucial to keep in mind that communication and cooperation between parents is the best way to minimize the possible stress, anxiety and trauma inflicted upon the children during this difficult time in their lives.
The family law attorneys of Braunstein & Zuckerman in White Plains highly encourage that parents cooperate in creating a beneficial parental access schedule on their own, or with our assistance, rather than through litigation when the Court, rather than the parents, makes the decisions regarding the children.
Issues regarding a child’s resistance or refusal to spend time with a parent can complicate the resolution of custody. Is the child’s resistance or refusal justified? Is one parent saying or doing something to negatively affect the child’s feelings toward the other parent? Allegations such as parental alienation, and issues such as resist/refuse dynamics, and parent-child contact problems, can further complicate the resolution of custody. We are specifically trained and have extensive experience in these issues.
There are different decisions to be made regarding custody such as sole custody or joint custody, different forms of parenting time, and spheres of decisions making. When an acceptable settlement cannot be agreed upon, the lawyers have the option of retaining the services of a parent coordinator, or other specially trained mental health profession, to assist in resolving the issues. If no settlement can be agreed upon, and court intervention is necessary, the Court has the option of appointing an attorney to represent your children. The Court may also appoint a specially trained mental health profession to conduct a child custody evaluation and issue a report to the Court.
"I always try to resolve custody matters by negotiation, but many times that is just not possible. In those situations I know that my litigation skills and experience will protect my client's interests while promoting the best interests of the child."
-- Lawrence Jay Braunstein