Poughkeepsie Child Custody Attorneys
Child custody, visitation and support are entirely about a child’s best interests. For that reason, we work closely with our clients to determine how their objectives align with their child(ren)’s best interests, and we develop a strategy to convince the court of a rational decision-making process that most closely aligns with our clients’ objectives and their child(ren)’s best interests.
This is a complicated process, and child custody issues are often the most heavily disputed family law issues. Emotions can easily rule the day, but the court’s decision will be based purely on the facts and state guidelines. In some cases, shared parenting and joint custody agreements, in which parents’ rights and responsibilities are equal, are successful, but not in all cases.
At Van DeWater & Van DeWater, we will walk you through the possibilities and carefully consider the approach and strategy that is best for your family. Our Poughkeepsie child custody lawyers have extensive experience in the following areas:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Parental relocation
- Modification of custody and support orders
- Grandparents’ rights
- Parental alienation
New York family law courts consider grandparents’ rights, stepparents’ rights and parental alienation in all applicable custody, visitation, support and relocation proceedings. If one parent speaks negatively of the other parent in front of the child, undermines the other parent or attempts to manipulate the court with false allegations, the court may consider that person incapable of being a custodial parent.
Our attorneys have trial and mediation experience in all of the areas, and they are fully capable of negotiating in terms in your best interests.