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Custody Lawyers

Protecting Your Children During Divorce

About New York Custody Rights

Child custody is a serious issue for thousands of Long Island families, and seeking legal help is the only way to ensure that your interests are protected. Do not let the other party take away your parental rights by entering this dispute while legally unrepresented. Our Long Island child custody attorneys take the time to listen to our clients, gather important information that will help a judge’s informed decision making, and advocate passionately on our clients’ behalves.

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Child custody disputes are common, and having an attorney shed light on the qualities of each parent is key to resolving disputes. The only information that the court factors into its decision making regarding child custody is which custody arrangement is in the child’s best interest. Typically, shared custody is preferable in the eyes of the court, as quantity and quality of time with both parents is best for child development, according to Psychology Today. However, shared custody is not how all cases end up. Custody can be in the following forms:

  • Shared (or joint) legal custody: both parents have legal decision-making capacities and the child usually spends equal time, or close to equal time, with both parents;
  • Sole legal custody: only one parent has the ability to make legal decisions about their child, such as where they live, their education, and medical care;
  • Physical custody: the child lives with the parent who has physical custody;
  • Visitation rights: the noncustodial parent may be able to receive court-ordered visitation rights, which means that they will get to spend time with their child during predetermined dates and times;
  • Split custody: in some very rare instances, if the parents have two or more children, the children may be split up between the parents. This only happens when there is a seriously volatile relationship between the children, and there is evidence that they should not be living together.

What Does ‘In the Best Interest of the Child’ Mean?

The court looks at all of the following criteria when making a child custody decision, according to New York Courts:

  • Which parent has been the main caregiver to date;
  • Parenting skills of each parent;
  • Mental and physical health of each parent;
  • Work schedules of each parent;
  • Child’s preference if they are old enough (at least 12);
  • Child’s relationships with others;
  • Both parents’ abilities to cooperate with each other; and
  • History of domestic violence, drug abuse, or alcohol abuse.

Contact a Long Island Child Custody Attorney

Custody decisions are not easy for anyone to make, even an experienced judge. However, the more information that the court has to make a decision, the more likely that that decision will be the correct one. We talk with our clients, their friends, neighbors, the children’s teachers, family members, and other people in the community to paint a clear picture for the court: that our client is in the best interest of the child. Call the Long Island law offices of Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C. to speak with a lawyer today.

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When facing a divorce, child custody, or child support case, you deserve a lawyer who will listen to your concerns and take the time to explain your options, and who has the knowledge and experience to give you the best advice.

The best way to identify whether a Long Island divorce lawyer is right for you is to meet for an initial consultation. At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, we are pleased to offer potential clients a free, confidential consultation where they can learn more about our experience and discuss their legal dispute. We can also offer our preliminary assessment about how the dispute will likely turn out as well as what evidence you will need for a favorable outcome.

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Why Choose Petroske Riezenman & Meyers

There are many Long Island attorneys who will promise to aggressively represent your interests in a divorce or family law dispute.

Few have the right mix of attributes to provide cutting-edge legal representation along with compassionate support in this stressful time.

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our success is built on three pillars:


Matrimonial and family law changes often. New developments come out of Albany every year, and the courts implement the law in sometimes surprising ways. To effectively protect your interests, you need a lawyer who understands the latest developments in the law, however minor. We stay informed of upcoming amendments and trends in the law. We know the latest court decisions that might impact how a judge views your case. If there is a precedent that supports your claim, we will find it and bring it to the attention of the judge.

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Family law disputes are not like other lawsuits. These disputes are governed by different laws and different judges. Although you can ask a criminal defense lawyer or an immigration attorney to handle your matrimonial or family law dispute, you should not be surprised if they are soon in over their heads and unable to provide effective representation. At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our attorneys and support staff have dedicated their careers to excellence and professionalism in the practice of matrimonial and family law.

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We are proud to be highly recommended by many satisfied clients we have represented over the years in divorce and Family Court cases.  We have over a century of combined experience, which allows us to perform a complete review of your case and discover facts that work to your advantage. We understand the unique challenges that family law disputes create, such as the risk of domestic violence, impediments to a negotiated resolution, or the possibility of harassing or vexatious litigation. To see the positive results we have achieved for others, check out our Client Reviews.

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