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NYC Child Visitation Lawyers

If you are located in the New York City area and are going through a divorce or splitting up with a significant other with whom you were never married, it is an emotional, trying time. When there were children produced during the course of the relationship, things can get even more difficult because you have to consider what’s best for them. No matter what the situation, it’s absolutely essential to have a skilled family law attorney on your side to coach you as to the best ways to proceed and to represent you during your case in New York’s family court.

Child Custody and Visitation Rights in New York City

One of the most difficult components of a divorce, when there are children involved, is visitation, which is part of child custody and goes hand-in-hand with it. Regardless of where you live in the New York City area, the verdict handed down in your child custody and visitation case is always based on one specific question: What is in the child’s best interest? It’s important to know all the ins and outs of child custody and visitation so that you know what to expect when your case is heard in the family court.

Full Custody: Full custody is exactly what it sounds like and means that the parent who is awarded full custody of the child or children is in full control of all decisions that are made that affect the life and welfare of the child. It means that this parent gets to decide the child’s primary residence, how the child will be educated, what doctors he or she will see and other matters, such as religion.
Physical Custody: Physical custody, which is also known as residential custody, relates to the home that will serve as the child’s primary residence. The parent who has physical custody of the child is the person who makes choices that affect the child’s life on a daily basis. This includes the time the child goes to bed, what the child will eat and so forth.
Joint Custody: Joint custody is also known as shared custody. It means that both parents equally share in the major decisions involved in raising the child and that affect the child’s life. Joint custody does not take into account physical custody because both parents still have equality in the decisions that affect the child.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
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!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
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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18:08 18 Apr 24
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17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
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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16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
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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.

Visitation and a Parent’s Rights

If the family court does not award both parents joint custody but one has been awarded full custody and/or physical custody, the other may file a petition for visitation rights. In general, the court will hear both custody and visitation matters during the same hearing, but a parent can file a petition for visitation as a separate issue. In addition to a parent, other family members like grandparents can also file this type of petition. The court awards visitation only if it is in the best interests of the child.

During a visitation hearing, it’s wise for the parent petitioning to have an experienced family law attorney representing them. In some cases, the individual may not be able to afford a lawyer, but the judge can appoint one at no cost. Sometimes, the judge can even appoint an attorney to represent the child.

What is Custody and Visitation Mediation?

There is another matter relating to custody and visitation known as mediation. It’s important to know what this means and how it’s important for both the parents and the child.

Mediation: This is a process meant to resolve conflicts and can help parents to better communicate with the child. It can also help the parties discuss all issues affecting the child
Mediator: A mediator is a neutral person who is trained in the area of parenting who can help a parent or both parents to find ways that can make the situation better within the family

If you are going through a divorce or separation and want visitation rights with your child, it’s wise to hire a skilled family law attorney. It’s your best bet at getting a positive outcome.

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