Experienced Child Custody Lawyers Serving Clinton County, St. Lawrence County And Franklin County

Helping You And Your Children Through A Difficult Transition

During a divorce, children can suffer the most. The upheaval that is caused by seeing their parents go through so much pain can be very stressful. The changes to their schedules, living arrangements and quality of life can be upsetting and may start to cause problems. Parents may use their children as pawns, creating emotional struggles and rifts between parent and child.

At Poissant, Nichols, Grue, Vanier & Babbie, P.C., we help you step back and think about how your divorce will affect your children. We discuss steps you can take to mitigate the problems and recommend ways for you and your ex-spouse to co-parent successfully. We all have families of our own and are very sympathetic to what you and your children are going through. We want you to have an arrangement that works well for you and for your children.

Parenting Time Attorneys Helping Families In Plattsburgh, Potsdam And Canton

You and your spouse have some flexibility regarding how you structure your lives and your children's lives. You will need to make decisions on the following things:

  • Legal custody — Decision-making for education, religion and medical issues. You can share joint legal custody or it can be appointed to the parent with primary physical custody.
  • Physical custody — Where your child is considered to permanently reside. You can have joint physical custody, where your children spend time in each of your homes and both places are considered as "residences." You also have the option of one parent having sole physical custody and the other parent having visitation rights.

These decisions can be made by you and your spouse depending on your schedules, your children's schedules and your goals regarding time with your children.

Making The Change As Easy As Possible

At our Upstate New York law firm, we take the time to sit down with you and discuss your ideal situation regarding custody of your children. We will help you take into account your life, your children's lives, schedules and desires, as well as those of your spouse and how everyone can best be accommodated. We approach your situation with compassion and caring, and we are respectful of what you are going through.

Our Clinton County, St. Lawrence County and Franklin County child custody attorneys will work with you to come up with a parenting plan to submit to the courts, which outlines decision-making powers, custody agreements and how much time your children will spend with each parent throughout the year.

While we always encourage negotiation between you and your spouse in family law issues, we understand that there are times when one or both sides may become entrenched and unwilling to compromise. We are experienced trial lawyers and will take your case to court if this occurs. Our lawyers also handle grandparent visitation issues when they arise.

Call Us To Schedule Your Initial Consultation

Call Poissant, Nichols, Grue, Vanier & Babbie, P.C., at 800-638-1308 to meet with us in our Malone, New York, office or at 800-924-3529 to reach our Potsdam or Plattsburgh offices. You can also contact us online. We accept credit cards and offer payment plans for our legal services.