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Brooklyn Child Custody Attorneys

Most people agree that the ideal child custody situation is jointly handled by two parents who work cooperatively together and always put the needs of the child or children first.

Sometimes that can happen, but even in the very best of circumstances, it pays to have agreements in place that spell out clearly the “rules of the road” that each parent must obey. After all, things can change fast, even in an amicable divorce.

Will your ex-spouse be accommodating of your schedule if you take a job out of state? What if you have concerns about your ex-spouse’s new significant other? Who gets to make the final decision when you disagree about schools?

It’s the nature of divorce to be hard on both parties, and for parents, coping with lingering anger, sadness, and disappointment can make it much harder. It’s fair to say that for most of the Brooklyn couples we’ve worked with, custody is a tricky, heavily negotiated (and often re-negotiated) arrangement.

Years ago, courts reliably awarded custody to mothers while fathers were left with weekend visits, one of the winter holidays, and a couple of weeks with their kids in the summer.

Times have changed, and as women and men have both redefined their roles in life and careers, more and more dads are stepping up to be the primary caregiver to their young children after a divorce.

Same sex families face their own challenges post-divorce, where one parent may be adoptive, but the bond between parent and child is as strong as any biological tie.

The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino understand that every family, and every divorce and custody discussion, are unique.

While we will happily help you negotiate an amicable custody arrangement with your ex, we are equally comfortable going all out for full custody if the best interest of the child dictates that.

If you have concerns about the welfare of your children during or following a divorce, we will not stop fighting until your child is safe, secure, and your concerns have been fully addressed by the court.

If you are re-negotiating a custody agreement because of changed circumstances, our attorneys can help there too. Maybe you were the breadwinner in your family and need to revisit child support following a job loss. Maybe your ex-spouse has re-married and moved further away.

There are lots of reasons why terms may need to be rewritten from time to time, and our attorneys approach these issues with strict professionalism and work hard to find arrangements that are good for the child and that both parents can live with.

Parents who’ve gone through hard divorces face the challenge of remaining constructively engaged in each other’s lives long after the marriage ends. It isn’t easy, but it can be done, and one of the best ways to smooth the process is to have clear custody agreements, leaving as little as possible to chance.

The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino have helped hundreds of parents in Brooklyn move on after the end of a marriage, ensuring their continued role in their children’s lives.

If you’re facing child custody issues and want to know what you should do, call us for a free consultation today 718-725-9601.