Family Law

Family ties are thought to be the most private and enduring relationships in society. As most can attest, however, these relationships are rarely free from conflict. When domestic issues cannot be solved within the home, family law seeks to restore order and provide a fair solution for all parties involved.
For many, family law is thought to be synonymous with divorce proceedings. In reality, divorce is just a small part of family law which covers a broad array of domestic issues including adoption, premarital agreements, paternity and child support issues.

When legal action is necessary to resolve familial matters, it is essential that you entrust your most private matters with a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. Our dedicated attorneys and staff serve as good listeners, confidants and advocates for all of our clients during their most difficult times.

 

Child Custody and Visitation

The ending of a romantic relationship impacts the entire family. Minor children are most often affected by this split. To ensure that a fair arrangement, based upon the children’s best interests, is reached, you should contact a knowledgeable family lawyer.  At The Codjovi Law Firm we keep yours and your child’s well-being at the forefront of every stage of the custody and visitation process.

Our law firm routinely handles child custody cases and can help to determine the best custody arrangement for you and your children. We serve not only as attorneys for parents but also receive appointed cases from the courts as Attorneys for Children.  This experience gives us a unique perspective with handling your matter.  We will review the custody evaluator’s recommendations, identify the children’s preferences and explain how local and state laws impact your specific case and family situation. Considering these factors, our family lawyers will work with you to devise a plan of custody for your children.

Our attorneys approach every custody and visitation dispute with an eye toward obtaining a mutually beneficial custody and visitation agreement through negotiation and settlement. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached litigation in family court or Supreme Court may be necessary.

Types of Custody

Child custody is dual faceted in that it encompasses both the physical and legal custody of the child.

Physical custody is where the child resides.Physical custody can be shared jointly by both parents or granted solely to one parent with supervised or unsupervised visitation time granted to the other parent.

Legal custody entails the decision making process for the parents including the right to decide education preferences, religious practices, medical treatments and activity involvement. Both of these aspects must be considered during child custody proceedings.

 

Our compassionate team of child custody attorneys will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome preserving your parental rights and protecting the children’s best interests.

Visitation

Children have the right to develop and maintain relationships with both of their parents. New York encourages custody and visitation arrangements that facilitate parent-child relationships and provide both parents with the equal opportunity to act as parents.Regardless of whether or not you have sole, joint or supervised access with your child, you have a right to be involved in your child's life.

The Codjovi Law Firm helps clients develop parenting plans that clearly define each parent's legal and physical custody rights and incorporate visitation schedules that preserve parent-child bonds.