Tag Archives: Child Custody

Legal vs Residential Custody: What Should You Know?

Legal vs Residential Custody: What Should You Know? by Joshua Katz

{3:05 minutes to read} When discussing custody with a client, it must be clear that there are two different facets: legal and residential.

  • Residential custody defines where the children will primarily reside; and
  • Legal custody concerns the decision-making authority for the children.

Generally, children will reside with one parent and visit with the other. The main issue to work out, with residential custody, is the parenting plan. How much time, and when, the children will visit with the non-custodial parent needs to be established.

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Who Gets the Kids This Holiday?

Who Gets the Kids this Holiday? by Joshua Katz

{3:30 minutes to read}

When putting together a parenting plan, attorneys should be aware of all religious holidays, as well as civil holidays, that are important to the client. It goes without saying that children are to be with their mothers for Mother’s Day and their fathers for Father’s Day. But what about the rest of the holidays?

I can’t tell you how many clients I was dealing with on an emergency basis the week before Mother’s Day this year, because the clients couldn’t work out arrangements without help from counsel.

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How Will Marijuana Use Affect Your Child Custody Case in New York State?

How Will Marijuana Use Affect Your Child Custody Case in New York State by Joshua Katz

{2:20 minutes to read} A lot of people don’t realize that New York State became the 23rd state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. We still don’t know – and probably won’t know for a couple of years – who will be allowed to prescribe it and for what illnesses. Medical marijuana will only be prescribed as a pill or through vaporization, and will not be legal to smoke.

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Equal Parenting Rights is NOT a Presumption of 50/50 Time

Equal Parenting Rights is NOT a Presumption of 50/50 Time By Joshua Katz

{3:30 minutes to read} The laws in NY include no presumption in favor of one parent versus the other. However, there is no presumption in the law that parents are entitled to 50/50 time with their children. While equal access rights do exist, it does not mean that each parent is entitled to exact equal time with the children.

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Manhattan-Quality Divorce Representation at a Queens Price

Manhattan-Quality Divorce Representation at a Queens Price By Joshua Katz

{1:15 minutes to read} Parents going through divorce want the best for their children, but sometimes they disagree on what “the best” actually is.

Child custody disputes are often the most contentious obstacles for divorcing parents to overcome. While there are many matrimonial law practitioners to choose from in New York, Plaine & Katz, LLP stands out from the crowd because of our experience and expertise in custody disputes and equitable distribution litigation, in addition to the following aspects of divorce:

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