White Plains Custody Lawyer Fights for Fathers’ Rights

New York attorney recognizes that a child needs both parents

Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. understands that children benefit when both parents remain involved in their lives. We represent fathers as well as mothers in securing plenty of parenting time so both parents can maintain healthy relationships with their children. Under New York law, fathers have as much right to their children as mothers. We believe strongly in fathers’ rights, and we advocate for shared custody when appropriate.

Mothers and fathers have equal rights under the law

Courts must consider a number of factors in determining what custody arrangement is in the best interest of your child, but a parent’s gender isn’t one of those factors. Under New York law, neither parent should be given preference based on gender. Nevertheless, a recent study of a wide range of jurisdictions by researchers at Arizona State University found that mothers receive primary residential custody 68 to 88 percent of the time, fathers receive primary custody eight to 14 percent of the time, and equal residential custody is awarded in only two to six percent of divorces.

The attorney and staff at the offices of Lauren B. Abramson believe fathers and mothers should have a level playing field. We work closely with fathers to present powerful cases to the court in support of dads’ rights to fair custody determinations.

Fathers can win custody disputes

Fathers often ask how they can increase their chances of getting custody of their children. Under New York law, courts must consider many factors when deciding who gets custody. The courts do; however, favor whichever parent has been the child’s primary caretaker. Some factors a father can highlight to demonstrate that he has been the child’s primary caretaker include that evidence that he is the parent who regularly:

  • Arranges the child’s medical appointments
  • Cares for the child during illnesses
  • Gets the child ready for school
  • Transports the child to and from school
  • Helps the child with homework
  • Arranges the child’s extracurricular activities
  • Feeds the child
  • Takes the child shopping for clothes, school supplies and other necessities
  • Takes the child to church, synagogue, mosque or other religious institution

A father seeking custody also can persuade the court that his parenting skills and ability to provide for the child’s special needs, if any, are substantially superior to the mother’s. Evidence to support that position can include:

  • Differences in mental and physical health of the parents
  • The mother’s record of domestic violence or child abuse
  • The flexibility of his work schedule
  • The strength of the bond between father and child
  • The child’s wishes, if the child is mature enough to have a reasoned opinion
  • The stability of his home environment
  • His family-friendly lifestyle
  • His willingness to foster the child’s relationship with the mother, if appropriate

Let our Westchester County attorney fight for your rights as a father

Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. seeks amicable resolutions when possible and fights aggressively in court when necessary. Our office is in Harrison, across from Saxon Woods Park. Call us today at 914-908-6829 or contact us online.