New York Child Custody

Protecting families and their children for 30+ years in New York City, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here’s the Child Custody Overview you need to know.

What you need to know about Child Custody in New York CITY

New York is a complicated state when it comes to laws regarding your child. Brian D. Perskin & Associates has 30+ years experience with these challenging cases, and we’re happy to provide you our child custody overview below so you’re prepared, sharp, and ready to take on whatever may be tossed your way.

Types of Child Custody

You can have joint, shared, legal, physical, or sole custody. The type of custody awarded will be decided in the child's best interest. We can help set your expectations for success.


Circumstances can change at any moment and so can a parenting plan. If you have an existing parenting plan that requires modification, our attorneys can help.

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You want just as much time with your children as your spouse does. It is our mission to safeguard your parenting time with your children and secure your future.

How is Custody Determined in New York?

When a case is brought to the New York court, the court will try to accommodate the best interest of the child and choose the environment that offers the most stability.

Our experienced team of family law attorneys knows how contentious child custody cases can be. We also know that the best solution is usually a decision that is agreed upon by both parents and the child. Our child custody overview for you with up-to-date legal knowledge and the best advice possible, your lawyer at Brian D. Perskin & Associates can make the custody decisions much easier for you and your family.

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Child Custody Laws in New York

In the state of New York Custody is broken into two parts, legal custody, and physical custody. Both are determined based on the best interest of the child.

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Legal Custody: allows the parent to make important decisions such as medical decisions and religious decisions on behalf of the child.

Physical Custody: determines which parent the child will reside with and they are responsible for the child’s physical care and supervision. If joint physical custody is awarded the child will live with each parent for an equal amount of time. If sole physical custody is awarded the child will live with that parent more than 50% of the time and the noncustodial parent will have set visitation time with the child.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are five types of child custody in New York; joint, shared, legal, physical, or sole custody. At Brian D. Perskin & Associates, our goal is to ensure you’re awarded with the type of custody you want, while also ensuring it matches the best interests of the child. Learn More

The custodial parent has primary physical custody and the non-custodial parent doesn’t have primary physical custody, but can still have legal custody. Learn More

Child custody cases are determined based on what the courts deem is in the best interests of the child. Learn More


One of the greatest challenges you will face during your divorce is who gains child custody, and just how much. BDP will fight for your right to gain what you deserve, and guide you on how local judges perceive what is in “best interest of the child”.

For more information about how our office can help with your custody case, please contact a New York Child Custody Attorney from our firm to receive our comprehensive legal support. Call 718.752.7426 to learn more information about our services.
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