Child Custody
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Suffolk County Child Custody Attorney

Child Custody Attorney in Bohemia, NY

Facing the legal complexities of divorce can be an emotionally exhausting and stressful process. If you are a parent, at some point, you and your ex-spouse will be required to address the topic of child custody. Because this decision involves the future of your child and the relationship that you will have with them in the years to come, this can be one of the most difficult topics in a divorce. Such a significant legal matter can easily lead a couple to litigation. Questions and disagreements surrounding your child custody arrangement may generate some of the most painful and contentious arguments. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. works to minimize the serious emotional and physical effects that this process may have on you and your child. With more than 20 years of experience behind us, we know how to effectively and efficiently resolve your child custody case. To schedule a consultation, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

Child Custody

Determining custody

One of the greatest misconceptions of child custody cases is the idea that the parent who spends more time with the child would have a greater entitlement to custody. It is important to note that stay-at-home parents have no greater rights to custody than those who work for the success of the family. Both parents have equal rights and after reviewing the following factors, the court will decide upon the custody arrangement of your child:

  • Each parent’s ability to provide for the child
  • Each parent’s relationship with the child
  • Each parent’s history of domestic violence and abuse
  • Each parent’s mental and physical health
  • Each parent’s history of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Each parent’s work schedule and lifestyle
  • The health and age of the child
  • The child’s preference

Types of custody

In the state of New York, there are two different types of custody available to parents. First, a parent may be given the right to involve himself or herself in the major decisions of the child’s life. This type of custody is called legal custody and these decisions may impact education, healthcare, religion, and many other major decisions that can shape or alter the growth of the child.

Second, the parent may be given the responsibility of the child’s daily routine, residence, and care. This is called physical custody, also known as residential custody. In very rare cases, a parent may be considered “unfit” to parent, awarding the other with sole custody. For a variety of reasons, sole custody may be awarded to the other parent if the questioned parent is a danger to the child. Even in these cases, the unfit parent still has visitation rights, though limited. If the court decides that shared custody is best suited for your unique situation, we can help you and your ex-spouse build an effective visitation schedule. This will formally state the time that each parent will spend with their child.

Contact an experienced child custody attorney

Our firm is prepared to provide you with the thorough, driven, and attentive representation you need as you work toward a child custody arrangement in New York. We understand that the stakes are high and that your parenting, custodial, and visitation rights are on the line. You can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to protect your family and prevent future legal conflicts. At the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C., we are proud to represent fathers and mothers throughout every stage of a family law matter. We will treat you with the compassion, patience, and professionalism that you deserve while also providing you with the vigorous representation necessary to successfully resolve your legal matter. Contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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