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Modification of a Custody Order: Part 6 – False Allegations

Among the factors that a court will consider in determining a modification of custody is false or unsubstantiated allegations made against one parent by the other parent. When a parent is found to have made false allegations against the other parent this misconduct may justify awarding custody to the falsely accused parent. For example, in [Read More]

By |2017-05-04T15:25:50-04:00May 4th, 2017|Custody|

Modification of a Custody Order: Part 5- Willingness to Foster a Relationship with the Other Parent

Particularly relevant to a best interests analysis when modifying a custody order is each parent's past performance and their willingness to foster a healthy relationship between the child and the other parent. For example, in one recent case, the court awarded custody to the parent whom it found to be a “consistently positive parent” who [Read More]

By |2017-04-10T18:04:33-04:00April 10th, 2017|Divorce|

Modification of a Custody Order: Part 4 – Best Interests Analysis and Totality of Circumstances

  Upon finding a change of circumstances a judge is required to determine what custodial arrangement would promote the best interests of the child.  This may or may not require a change of custody or a change to the parenting schedule. The primary focus of a custody determination is ascertaining what is in the best interests [Read More]

By |2017-04-06T13:37:28-04:00April 6th, 2017|Custody, Divorce|

Modification of a Custody Order: Part 3 – The Weight to be given to the Existing Order

We continue our discussion of the modification of a custody order by examining the weigh a judge will place on the existing custody order. An existing custody arrangement is but one factor to be considered by a court when considering a modification of a custody order.  A custody order that is the product of a [Read More]

By |2017-03-01T04:32:52-05:00March 1st, 2017|Agreements, Custody, Divorce|

Modification of a Custody Order: Part 2 – Change of Circumstances

Today we begin our exploration of the modification of a custody order.  The primary consideration in any custody matter is the best interest of the child.  With that in mind, a court will order the modification of a custody order only upon a showing of sufficient change in circumstances reflecting a real need for modification [Read More]

By |2017-02-28T13:49:07-05:00February 28th, 2017|Agreements, Custody, Divorce|

Marital Fault in Equitable Distribution

Marital fault is who is responsible for the failure of the marriage.  Generally, it is not a factor in equitable distribution in contemporary New York practice.  Many a scorned or abandoned spouse believes that they deserved more because their spouse has left them or been unfaithful or because the other party was lazy.  The fact [Read More]

By |2017-01-30T10:54:56-05:00January 30th, 2017|Divorce, Property|

The Denial of Parenting Time

Denying a parent parenting time is a drastic thing to do. A court will not do this unless it is shown that parenting time with the non-custodial parent would be detrimental to the child. This requires some rather extraordinary circumstances. Courts will not deny a parent access to their child based upon conflict between the [Read More]

By |2016-06-07T16:15:14-04:00June 7th, 2016|Custody|

Restrictions or Conditions on Parenting Time

A court may impose reasonable restrictions on a parent’s parenting time.  These may include limitations on travel or travel outside the state.  These may include requiring a parent to refrain from consuming alcohol during their parenting time or for a period before the beginning of their parenting time.  These may include requiring a parent to [Read More]

By |2016-06-07T09:49:27-04:00June 7th, 2016|Agreements, Custody, Divorce|
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