Following a marital split child custody disputes can quickly draw the full attention of a concerned parent. After all, most Utica parents will naturally put the needs of their children as paramount, ahead of property issues and just about any other legal or family issue they might be facing.
Given this, Oneida County residents can probably appreciate the need for custody solutions that work long-term for their children. Naturally, any kind of custody arrangement needs to have the best interests of the children in mind, and it doesn't take a psychologist or child welfare expert to realize that a child needs stability and a good relationship with both of their parents whenever that is feasible.
These simple observations serve as part of the basis for our law office's approach to child custody cases. We have over 50 years of experience handling child custody disputes, and we have come to realize that the best outcome is one that can endure because the parents agree to it as opposed to simply going along with it because of the orders of a judge.
The default rule is to split custody as much as possible so that each parent can have a relationship with the children. But, every situation is unique, and so we take the time to listen and make sure we understand the unique needs of both you and your children. In some cases, for example, it really is best to take a child custody case before a judge in an effort to get the most legal authority and daily time with the child as is possible.
Moreover, even if custody in principle is going to be shared, the details of how this looks are often subject to negotiations, which can at times revolve around legal questions and other complicated issues. In these instances, our office stands ready to help.