Family law is a very intimate and nuanced practice area. Anyone who has ever had to deal with the legal field concerning family knows it can get frustrating fast. What started as a clean divorce can turn into something messy. Our Manhattan Child Custody attorney at Randi L. Karmel is here to guide you through this emotional rollercoaster. It is one thing to break up with your spouse, but it is an entirely different thing when it includes children.

Five Factors to Consider for Child Custody

Your attorney is fighting for the best outcome for you. In family law, the “you” often includes your children. Children are small humans who are trying to navigate this emotional terrain just like their parents. Unlike assets, children aren’t easy to share unless you and your attorney figure out a plan that works best for you and your soon-to-be-divorced partner.

Here are five factors to consider when discussing child custody:

  1. Consistency: Courts understand that children need structure and routine. They want children to grow up with rules and boundaries that are healthy. Discussing with your attorney how you plan to create consistent school and external activities is a way to ensure that you get the result you want.
  2. Safety: In family court, safety looks different. It’s not just about who has more bolt locks on their doors. The courts look for financial and material security. Can you provide a safe place for your child to grow, and can you provide financial stability if an emergency happens?
  3. Impact of change: A divorce is a significant change. Figuring out how to co-parent is a big change. The Courts look to see how a child is further harmed because of these changes. It is important to discuss with your attorney how you propose to address the changes to ensure your children are feeling safe during such transitions.
  4. Parenting style: Every parent brings their own set of skills. Children respond differently to each parent. Having a thorough discussion about how you handle your children is important because, ultimately, your attorney will use every angle to ensure that you are getting the custody rights that are right for you and your newly formed family.
  5. Child’s age: Divorce happens at any stage of a child’s life. From newborns to teens, the court assesses what is best for that child at whatever stage. Speaking with your attorney about the primary caregiver can influence how the court considers child custody.

Getting a divorce is a right thing for your family because you deserve to be happy. When you are happy, the children are happy. Our Manhattan Child Custody attorney knows that it is a delicate situation when it comes to family planning. We are here to listen and work for you. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your unique matrimonial or family law matters by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224.