Child Custody and Visitation Rights

If the parties cannot agree on what is best for their own children, then one must seek the determination of custody in a courtroom.  In a custody case, the court is attempting to look to the future and predict which parent will be the better custodial parent. To this end, the court employs a number of methods, such as relying on past behavior to predict future actions.  New York’s statutory law on custody is sparse. Domestic Relations Law 70 provides that there shall be no prima facie right to the custody of the child in either parent, but the court shall determine solely what is for the “best interest of the child”.  The Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C., works with clients to help them reach child custody decisions for the best interest of the child and for their families.