If you are going through a divorce or are deciding on custody, you may be looking for visitation guidelines and advice. Here is what you should read prior to calling one of our Saratoga attorneys.
Visitation Guidelines | Grandparents Rights
New York State recognizes the grandparent/grandchild relationship as an important aspect of child development. If the custodial parent is refusing you access to your grandchild you may petition the court for an order upholding and enforcing your visitation rights. The court will examine the past standing of the grandparent/grandchild relationship as well as the current best interests of the child when hearing the petition.
Visitation Guidelines | Physical Custody
Physical custody determines where the child or children will reside. Parents can share physical custody equally, an arrangement based on the number of “overnights” a child stays at one parent’s residence. More commonly, there is one “primary physical custodian,” with the other parent taking some lesser portion of nights, weekends, or holidays, in a schedule called “visitation time.” Convenience, proximity, school, and work obligations must factor into this schedule. If the parents cannot agree, the court will decide – an additional time and cost that should be an incentive for the parents to cooperate.
Visitation Guidelines | Modification of Visitation Schedules
Our attorneys work with you to develop realistic goals for raising your children. We design visitation schedules to meet those goals, and advocate for you in court so that your needs and preferences are understood. We have had great success in negotiating workable visitation schedules. When disputes over scheduling or violations occur, we aggressively pursue enforcement of the agreement. Finally, because no family is static, Jean Mahserjian understands that as children grow or parents’ employment changes, modifications must be made to visitation schedules. We are adept at moving proactively and persuasively to secure custody modifications that maintain a sound working relationship between parents and allow the nurturing parent-child relationship to continue.
If you are a parent or grandparent with questions about visitation guidelines, call the knowledgeable Saratoga County visitation rights lawyers at Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. at (888) 919-1380. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule an initial appointment at our Clifton Park office. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting us online.