Buffalo Lawyer Fights for Fair Child Custody and Visitation Orders

Putting children first in Erie and Niagara counties

At the Law Office of Linda M. DiPasquale I work for the solutions that provide the best custody and visitation arrangements for my clients and their children. As a Buffalo child custody lawyer, I am aggressive in the defense of your rights while sensitive to the needs of you and your children.

I represent parents in matters involving:

  • Child custody, including joint custody, sole custody and third-party custody
  • Visitation rights, including those for non-custodial parents, and others
  • Modifications, including modifications of custody and visitation rights and schedules
  • Interstate custody issues, including when a parent wishes to relocate out of state
  • Fathers' rights
  • Mothers' rights
  • Grandparents' rights

I have represented fathers and mothers in custody and visitation matters in Buffalo for more than 20 years. As an interstate custody attorney, I have the knowledge and ability to develop creative custody and visitation solutions that enable my clients to enjoy rich and meaningful relationships with their children, no matter where the children eventually reside. I have experience regarding relocation issues.

Custody matters generally involve the negotiation of a solution that best protects the client's rights and the children's best interests. But as your child custody attorney in Buffalo, I am prepared to litigate, if necessary, to protect the rights of you and your children.

Determining physical and legal custody of the child

What is commonly referred to as "child custody" actually comprises two distinct elements: physical and residential custody and legal custody. Legal custody refers to who has the power to make decisions on behalf of the child. Physical or residential custody refers to who the child resides with. Legal custody may be joint or sole. It may be determined by agreement of the parties, subject to court approval, or by court order. By law, the paramount consideration in the awarding of custody is what serves the best interests of the child.

Awarding visitation rights to the noncustodial parent

The noncustodial parent is generally given visitation rights. Depending on the circumstances, including the ability of the parents to cooperate, these rights may be loosely defined or rigidly scheduled. Where a parent poses a threat to the child, visitation may be limited to supervised settings, such as a special agency or a social worker. In rare cases, visitation rights may be denied altogether.

Contact a child custody lawyer in Buffalo

If you are contemplating a divorce, you need a Buffalo child custody lawyer to protect your rights and the best interests of your children. Call me at 716.882.5532 toll free, or contact my office online to schedule a consultation. The Law Office of Linda M. DiPasquale is centrally located in downtown Buffalo, one block from the family and supreme courts. We serve clients in Buffalo and throughout Erie and Niagara counties. For your convenience, appointments may be scheduled during early morning, evening or weekend hours. I believe family law matters must be handled with care.