Family Court typically hears custody cases, but Supreme Court can also hear custody cases if a divorce between the parents is pending, or the parents can negotiate and agree to a custody arrangement through the collaborative process. A custody arrangement can be agreed on by the parents or ordered by a Judge. A custody arrangement involves two main components: Legal Custody and Physical Custody. Legal Custody involves the ability to participate in decision-making in all important aspects of the child’s life, including but not limited to educational, medical, religious, and disciplinary decisions. Legal Custody can be granted to both parents jointly or to one parent solely. Physical Custody refers to where the child lives. Physical Custody can be shared equally by both parents, granted to one parent primarily with the other parent having Parenting Time with the child, or granted to one parent solely.
Our Latham Custody and Visitation Attorneys provide services in Family and Supreme Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. Contact us today, and let us help you come up with the custody arrangement that is right for your child.