Special Child Custody Rules in New York

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Are there any Special Rules in New York for Child Custody?

Yes, unlike many other states, New York has several rules specifically dealing with child custody issues. These are unique to New York and may have further implications if either spouse or the child resides outside of New York. Some of the special features of New York child custody law include:
These rules are specific to New York and may not apply to the laws of different states. Also, there are several Federal child custody laws that sometimes overlap with state guidelines. Therefore if you are filing for divorce or separation in the state of New York, it helps to be aware of these different requirements.

Should I hire a Lawyer to assist me with my New York Child Custody case?

Whether you are the custodial parent a non-custodial parent seeking custody of the child, a lawyer can help inform you of the laws as well as guide you in preparing your argument as to why you should be granted custody. This is especially true if you are not a biological parent of the child.     
The laws of New York regarding child custody are very different from those of other states, and they may present unique interplays between Federal laws. Hiring alocal New York  lawyer in this case is highly recommended and may even be necessary due to the complexity of the laws governing child support. 

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Last Modified: 09-06-2012 12:35 PM PDT

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