While divorce ends a marriage, it doesn’t necessarily end the family. Even though ex-spouses may be ready to build new lives apart from each other, they may continue to maintain a shared relationship with their children. This relationship is expressed legally in both rights and responsibilities. In general, both parents have custodial rights and financial responsibilities for their children.
A custody agreement can help protect the custody rights of the estranged parents and ensure that both parents live up to their responsibilities to support their children. The custody agreement often recognizes the obligations of both parents to support their children and will detail how and under what circumstances each parent must contribute to the financial support of each child.
While there is no one-size-fits-all custody agreement, almost all New York custody agreements deal with both child custody and child support.
Child custody can be either legal or physical:
There are many additional issues that can be dealt with in a custody agreement, such as the role of grandparents and matters relating to taxes and health care. Generally, a well thought-out custody agreement helps guide parents through the challenges of post-divorce child-rearing.
Over the years, I have helped countless clients in the crafting of custody agreements that have helped pave the way for a successful post-divorce future. If you are contemplating divorce, contact a NY divorce lawyer at our office for a consultation.
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 27 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She practices primarily in the areas of matrimonial and family law. Ms. Rockwood graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in History and minors in Political…