Caring Hudson Valley Family Law Attorneys Explain Fathers’ Rights in New York Divorce
As a responsible and involved father, you have as much of a right to be a part of your child’s life as the child’s mother does. If you’re a father who was not married to your co-parent, establishing a legal right to have equal—or any—parenting time can be even more challenging. It is important that you have a knowledgeable and effective representative before the family court to ensure your rights are aggressively asserted. Don’t put your relationship with your child at risk. Contact the Hudson Valley family law attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP to discuss your custodial dispute.
You’ve probably heard that fathers are never awarded residential custody of their children, and perhaps even old-fashioned notions that mothers are always the better choice as the primary parent. While some judges still harbor these outdated ideas about parenting, this is not the law, and you shouldn’t allow these myths to discourage you from seeking to be your child’s custodial parent. However, you will need talented legal assistance to help you make the strongest possible case to the judge of your entitlement to physical and legal custody of your child. No longer are fathers only able to remain a part of their child’s lives through being a source of financial support. If, as a father, you are the custodial parent, then you could be entitled to child support.
Judges’ determination of custody based on facts
In New York, the allocation of custody is determined based on the child’s best interests. The judge will look at your involvement in your child’s life, your ability to take care of your child’s physical needs, the strength of your relationship with your child, and your child’s preferences, if they are old enough to make these sorts of decisions. A skilled fathers’ rights attorney can advocate for your right to share physical custody equally, or to be the parent with primary residential custody. Your New York fathers’ rights lawyer will use evidence of your strong desire and fitness to remain a substantial part of your child’s life, as well as expert reports and testimony from psychologists and investigators.
Let us fight for your rights as a parent
Not only do you deserve to be a part of your child’s life, but your child deserves to have a responsible and loving father involved in their upbringing. Ensure that you are more than just a source of child support, and retain the right to spend time building a relationship with your child. Contact the effective Hudson Valley fathers’ rights attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a consultation on your case, in Kingston at 845-331-4100, and in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.