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Who gets custody of the children?
In New York, either the father or the mother may get custody of their child. Neither parent has an automatic right to custody of their child in New York. In other words, the child’s mother does not have a greater right to custody than the legal father.
How does the Court decide who gets custody?
In determining custody or visitation rights, the Court will examine the circumstances of the parties and will order that which is in the child’s best interests. The Court’s sole concern in a custody dispute is to find a resolution which will best serve the interests of the child by promoting the child’s welfare, happiness, and optimum development.
In ascertaining the child’s best interests, the Court will consider the following factors:
1. The demonstrated parenting ability and relative fitness of the parties;
2. The love, affection, and nurturing given by each party to the child, the emotional bond between the child and each party, and the willingness and ability of each party to put the child’s needs ahead of his/her own;
3. The length of time the child has lived in a stable and satisfactory environment, the desirability of maintaining the current custodial residence, and the stability of the proposed custodial residence;
4. The ability of each party to provide for the child’s emotional, intellectual, and moral development;
5. The financial resources available to each party and the ability of each party to provide the child with food, clothing, housing, and medical care;
6. The individual needs and expressed desires of the child and the degree to which the custodial determination would either continue or interrupt the various elements of the child’s day-to-day life;
7. The willingness and ability of each party to facilitate and encourage a close and optimum relationship between the child and the other party; and
8. Any other factor deemed relevant to a particular custody dispute; e.g., false allegations of abuse and its impact on the child.