Child Custody And Visitation Cases: Putting Children First

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 noncustodial parents and others
  • Modifications, including modifications of custody and visitation rights and schedules
  • Native American custody concerns
  • Interstate custody issues, also called relocation, when a parent wishes to relocate out of state
  • Fathers’ rights
  • Mothers’ rights
  • Grandparents’ rights, helping grandparents with custody or visitation concerns

I have represented fathers and mothers in custody and visitation matters in Buffalo for 30 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 and have successfully tried cases to conclusion.

Questions about child custody? Read answers to some of the most frequently asked child custody and visitation questions here.

Determining Physical And Legal Custody Of The Child

What is commonly referred to as “child custody” actually comprises two distinct elements: physical or 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 where and with whom the child resides. 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.

Visitation For The Noncustodial Parent

The noncustodial parent is generally given visitation or access 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.

Experienced Guidance Throughout Your Custody Case

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 716-800-2591, or contact my office online to schedule a consultation.

The Law Office of Linda M. DiPasquale is centrally located in downtown Buffalo, New York, one block from the family and supreme courts. For your convenience, appointments may be scheduled during flexible hours. I believe family law matters, especially ones involving children, must be handled with care.