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Achieving desirable child custody arrangements may require help

Whether you are getting a divorce, splitting from a life partner or are a single parent, custody issues can seem overwhelming. Child custody arrangements can be difficult to negotiate, especially since the outcome will have a significant impact on children and the relationships they have with each parent. While some parents in New York are able to amicably agree on child custody, others may need a little help in order to achieve a desirable result.

Family circumstances vary, and a cookie cutter custody plan just is not realistic for most families. While a basic arrangement may be ordered for those who cannot come to agreeable terms right away, negotiating a plan that best fits your family’s needs is possible. This can be done with the help of an attorney, mediation service and/or in court.

Before a custody arrangement is approved in court, it must be determined that the best interests of the children involved have been fully considered. This takes precedence over anything else. Several factors are considered before finalizing a custody order including the parent/child relationship, living arrangements and overall stability offered by the schedule proposed.

Whether you are seeking full custody, joint custody, physical or legal custody or even vis itation rights, working through the process of achieving any of those goals can take time. Fighting about child custody is common and can be painful for everyone involved. However, parents in New York, with the help of an experienced family law attorney, can obtain a custody order that grants children the security they need and parents the time they desire with their kids.

Important Information

COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus)  Update 3-20-2020

By order of Governor Andrew Cuomo, beginning 3-22-2020, all non-essential business in New York state must close their physical offices in response to the rapid rate of positive reported cases of COVID-19 in New York State.

Although this will impact the in office and in person services that LIT can provide, we will still be working remotely from our homes to serve our existing clients and we will continue to serve the public on a remote basis with any new legal matters for which they may need assistance.

We as a nation have overcome great obstacles in the past and although the challenges that lie ahead of us as community, as a state, and as a nation are great, we will overcome them as our resilience as individuals, as a community and as a nation will allow us to prevail.

May all of you and your loved ones be safe and well .

Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP


Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 845-566-5345

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus please visit any of the following sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NYS Department of Health

Orange County Dept. of Health

Ulster County Dept. of Health

For information and updates regarding court postponements or closings please visit:

NYS Unified Court System

9th Judicial District

3rd Judicial District