New York Child Custody Attorney

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There are few issues more emotionally charged or close to the heart during divorce than child custody. Since the outcome of your case can have a massive impact on your child’s wellbeing, their living situation, and your rights to make important decisions on their behalf, it is crucial you retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney to ensure your and your child’s best interests are guarded.

At the Portela Law Firm, P.C., our New York child custody lawyers have guided countless clients through complex child-related family law disputes and can provide the steadfast support you need during this difficult time. Backed by a “Superb” Avvo Rating and numerous 5-star client testimonials, our team of advocates have what it takes to answer all of your questions and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.


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How Is Child Custody Determined in New York?

Like most states, child custody arrangements in New York are established based on the “best interests of the child.” While parents may work together to establish a mutual agreement, family courts may step in and issue a decision on their behalf if they should be unable to reach an amicable solution.

All of the following factors may be considered by the courts:

  • The wishes of the parents
  • The child’s preferences, if of suitable age
  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • The health of all involved parties
  • The educational and developmental needs of the child
  • The level of adjustment required for the child

Custody powers are divided into two parts: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make major decisions on a child’s behalf regarding their care and upbringing, whereas physical custody refers to a parent’s responsibility to act as a child’s primary physical custodian. Depending on the circumstances, these powers may be shared by parents or granted unequally. Regardless of the specifics of your case, our firm’s knowledgeable advocates are prepared to work closely with you and use our extensive legal knowledge to help you pursue a favorable result.

Simplify Your Custody Case with The Portela Law Firm, P.C.

With so much at stake, you cannot afford to trust your case to a less-qualified law firm. At The Portela Law Firm, P.C., our New York child custody lawyers understand the difficulties you face and can use our vast legal experience to protect you from the potential trauma that can come from a mishandled custody dispute. With one-on-one attention and an unparalleled dedication to preserving your best interests, we have what it takes to help you get through this uncertain time as smoothly as possible.

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