The Buffalo Divorce Attorney

Buffalo/Erie & Niagara County Child Custody Attorney

Child custody is usually the most litigated area of a divorce or family court matter. After more than 15 years of practice, I can say that no other area of law is as emotional to the parties as wanting to spend time with their children.

In New York State Family Court several factors are used in deciding custody but the general standard is based on what is in the best interest of the child. In determining the best interest of the child, courts look at past practices, quality of relationship with the child, flexibility of parental schedule, and also the desire of the children.

Hire an Experienced Erie & Niagara County Family Court Attorney

Call Buffalo Family Court Attorney Dominic Saraceno at 716-626-7007 for a Free Consultation Today

Visitation Rights Attorney

Often times one parent is granted custody and the non-custodial parent seeks visitation rights, Whether that person is granted visitation rights depends on several factors, but is generally based on what is in the best interest of the children.

If both parents are fit, often times they can spend equal time with the children, assuming their work schedules permit that. Unfortunately however, when couples break up they sometimes try to hurt or punish the other party by not allowing them to see their children. Again, the courts will use the best interest of the child as the standard in determining visitation issues. If one parent is abusive or suffers from drug or alcohol addiction, the court could order the visits to be supervised by a third party, or even an agency.

Types of Custody


  • Legal
    • A party with legal custody makes decisions regarding health, educations and religion of the child


  • Physical
    • Based on where the child resides


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