Custody & Visitation

Child Custody and Visitation Lawyers
Serving Suffolk & Nassau Counties

You’ve looked out for your kids all your life. That does not stop with divorce.

Determining child custody and visitation rights is often the most difficult decision in a divorce, but at Tabat, Cohen, Blum & Yovino, PC, we have found that most parents are able to come to an agreement without fighting in court, especially with the professional guidance of our family court attorneys. Our more than 170 years of combined experience has helped to guide numerous clients to custody solutions that fit their current lives and can stand the test of time.

What will your custody agreement involve?

While there are different types of custody arrangements in New York, family courts do not often award joint custody, unless the parents have shown the ability to communicate effectively and make joint parenting decisions. Many cases are settled with joint custody agreements that are carefully drafted to assure that the interests of both parents and the children are properly addressed.

Overall, New York courts and judges find that the best way to do right by children of divorce is to create custody and visitation agreements that allow children to continue their lives with as little interruption as possible and foster continuing relationships with both parents. When determining custody, the court considers a number of factors, including:

  • Age, physical health and mental health of parents
  • Age, physical health and mental health of children
  • Parents’ lifestyles and availability for children’s care
  • Each parent’s finances
  • Any alcohol or drug use
  • Any instances of domestic violence
  • Existing custody arrangements
  • Willingness of each parent to support children’s relationship with the other parent
  • Children’s preference, if the court finds they are old enough and mature enough to decide

Our Long Island divorce lawyers talk to you about your relationship with your children and your children’s home life. We then craft a custody arrangement that suits your best interests, your and your spouse’s abilities and availabilities to care for your children and, above all, your children’s best interests.

After the agreement is finalized

In the event one parent decides to relocate or a major life event occurs, our Long Island divorce attorneys are prepared to handle custody disputes, modifications and appeals. Our skilled attorneys also assist in cases where one parent is withholding child visitation in violation of the terms of the divorce agreement.

Meeting the requirements for modification is often extremely difficult. The parent bringing the modification action must show that the change that has occurred is significant and that the adjustment to the custody order is truly in the child’s best interest. We can help.

Contact our family court attorneys in Long Island
Protect your children’s best interests and your rights as a parent

From our offices in Garden City, Nassau County and in Hauppauge, Suffolk County, Tabat, Cohen, Blum & Yovino, PC represents clients throughout Long Island in family legal issues. Call our Long Island divorce lawyers in Garden City or in Hauppauge, or contact us online to schedule your confidential initial consultation.