Buffalo Child Custody Lawyer
Dedicated to protecting your child’s best interests
Although a divorce ends the relationship between husband and wife, it should not end the relationship between parents and their children. Child custody disputes are often the most hotly contested issues in a divorce. Whereas parents may be willing to compromise on alimony and property division, most refuse to compromise when it comes to their children. If you are involved in a custody dispute, it is important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side.
At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis and Associates, I help parents throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area with child custody, relocation and visitation issues. I understand how much pain, anger and frustration these matters can cause, and I am dedicated to providing you with the legal support and representation you need to resolve these issues. With over 20 years of experience as a family law attorney, I have the knowledge and skill to protect your rights as a parent and the best interests of your child.
Understanding child custody in New York
In New York , there are two aspects of custody— legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to which parent has the authority to make decisions involving the child, such as education choices, medical treatment and religious affiliations. A parent can have sole legal custody, or both parents can have joint legal custody.
Physical custody refers to where the child lives after a divorce or separation. Courts rely on a “best interests of the child” standard to determine which parent should be awarded primary physical custody of his or her children. Custody determinations consider a number of different factors, including:
- The child’s preference, if the child is old enough to have and express a preference
- Any existing custody arrangements
- The financial standing of each parent
- Any history of child abuse or drug/alcohol use
- The emotional bond between parent and child
- Custody agreements in prenuptial agreements
- Each parent’s lifestyle
- The child’s regular routine
- Stability of the home environment
- Interference with the other parent’s right to visitation
- Age of the child
- Mental and physical health of the parents
- The effect of a separation of siblings
- Quality of the child’s education
When handling your case, I design strategies which consider these factors to persuade the courts to find in your favor. I also have extensive experience helping parents secure temporary custody of their children during divorce proceedings and enforcing visitation rights after custody arrangements have been established. Let me put my experience and skill to work for you today.
Effective representation. Proven results.
Call the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis and Associates today at 716.886.9600 or contact our firm online to schedule an initial consultation. From my offices conveniently located in Williamsville and downtown Buffalo, I represent clients living throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York, including:
- Grand Island
- Orchard Park
- Niagara Falls
- West Seneca