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NYC Child Custody Modification Lawyers

When it comes to child custody and visitation arrangements, there may come a time when the current order becomes inappropriate or impractical. Whether it’s due to a change in the child’s needs, a parent’s relocation, or a violation of the current order, it may be necessary to seek a modification. But before making any changes, it’s important to understand the eligibility requirements and the legal process involved.

Child visitation orders and custody agreements are put in place to ensure the child’s best interests are met. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions for the child, such as religious, healthcare and educational choices, while physical custody refers to the time a parent spends with their child, making day-to-day decisions about parenting and household matters.

Typically, the court will award joint custody to both parents, but in some cases, one parent may be given sole legal custody. Physical custody, however, is often not evenly shared and one parent is given primary physical custody, with the other parent being granted visitation rights, which may be supervised if the court deems it necessary.

As time goes on, however, the wishes and needs of the child may change, or one parent may relocate, making visitation impractical. In these cases, there is legal recourse to modify the order. To do so, the first step is to file a petition with the court. The court may choose to modify the order if both parents agree to the modification, or if one parent’s petition is approved.

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Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
RajRaj
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
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I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
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20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
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01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
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To be eligible for a modification, you must provide evidence of a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in the child’s developmental and emotional needs, a parent’s relocation or job change, evidence of domestic violence or child abuse, or concerns about the security and safety of a parent’s home.

It’s important to remember that custody order modifications should only be requested when absolutely necessary. The best approach is to negotiate a peaceful and voluntary modification by compromising with the other parent, as this can help save potentially expensive legal fees.

If the court finds that the petition has no merit, the parent who filed it may be ordered to pay for the other parent’s legal fees and expenses. It’s also important to note that if the other parent violates the existing custody order, there may be grounds for modification, but it’s important to document any violations.

In the end, the court’s job is to decide what’s in the best interests of the child, and modifications are only made if the current arrangement is no longer in the child’s best interests. So, if you feel that a modification is necessary, it’s important to consult with a skilled attorney and understand the legal process involved to ensure the best outcome for your child.

Child custody and visitation orders are put in place to ensure the well-being and best interests of the child, but as time goes on, these arrangements may become inappropriate or impractical. In such cases, it may be possible to modify the terms and conditions of the order. However, before any modification can take place, certain eligibility requirements must be met.

Child Visitation Orders Defined: During divorce proceedings, parents may struggle to come to an agreement on custody rights. In such cases, the court may issue a custody order that reflects the best interests of the child. Two types of child custody are defined: legal custody, which grants the parent the right to make decisions for the child such as religious, healthcare, and education choices, and physical custody, which refers to the time spent in the same physical space as the child, making day-to-day decisions about parenting and domestication. The typical arrangement is for the court to award joint custody to both parents, but in some cases, one parent may be given sole legal custody and the other parent will be given visitation rights, with the possibility of supervision if the court deems it necessary.

Modifying an Existing Custody Arrangement or Visitation Agreement: If you wish to modify a custody arrangement, the first step is to file a petition. The court may opt to modify the orders if both parents are amenable to a modification, or if the court approves the petition of one parent for the modification. However, courts are typically limited in how they can modify existing custody orders.

Circumstances That Warrant a Custody Modification: To modify a custody order, you must provide proof that there has been a significant change in circumstances such as, the child’s developmental and emotional needs have changed, one parent has relocated or changed jobs, making current arrangements impractical, there’s evidence of domestic violence or child abuse, or the child is older and desires less or more time spent with a particular parent.

After the court has received the custody order modification petition, its job is to decide what would be best for the child. A modification is only made if the current arrangement isn’t in the child’s best interests anymore. It’s important to keep in mind that custody order modifications should only be requested when absolutely necessary and a peaceful and voluntary modification by compromising with the other parent is the best approach.

When Existing Custody Arrangements Are Violated: If the other parent of the child commits a custody order violation, there may be grounds for modification. It’s important to document any violations and call the police if the other parent seems to have kidnapped your child or refuses to return them. The best approach is to work with a skilled attorney to ensure that your rights and the best interests of your child are protected.

It’s also important to note that if the court rules that you have filed a petition with no merit, you may be ordered to pay for the expenses and legal fees of the other parent.

NYC Child Custody Modification Lawyers

Child custody and visitation arrangements are put in place to ensure the well-being and best interests of the child, but as time goes on, these arrangements may become inappropriate or impractical. In such cases, it may be possible to modify the terms and conditions of the order. However, before any modification can take place, certain eligibility requirements must be met, and it’s important to work with a skilled attorney to ensure that your rights and the best interests of your child are protected.

The process of modifying a child custody or visitation order can be complex and emotional. It’s important to work with a skilled attorney who can help guide you through the process, while protecting the best interests of your child.

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