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Manhattan Mothers’ Rights Attorney

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If you are facing a divorce or child custody battle with your former spouse, a Manhattan mothers’ rights attorney can help you safeguard your relationship with your children. At The Law Offices of Vivien I. Stark, we have years of experience representing mothers in complex legal matters. We are advocates for mothers in both wed and unwed situations.

At The Law Offices of Vivien I. Stark, our mothers’ rights attorneys are:

  • Effective and practical when devising child custody plans;
  • Strategic and aggressive in negotiations and litigation; and
  • Up-to-date and knowledgeable regarding all New York child custody and alimony laws.

Contact our Manhattan office to schedule a confidential consultation with a professional.

Why You Should Have a Mothers’ Rights Attorney in Manhattan

When you retain a mothers’ rights attorney from The Law Offices of Vivien I. Stark, your attorney will listen intently to your story and help you clarify your legal issues. They will also advise you on your legal options and fiercely represent your interests inside and outside the courtroom.

The Law Offices of Vivien I. Stark will help you with the following matters and more:

  • Child custody;
  • Parenting plans;
  • Child support;
  • Child custody modifications;
  • Alimony; and
  • Domestic abuse.

At The Law Offices of Vivien I. Stark, we will gladly answer your questions about mothers’ rights in Manhattan and address your concerns about how these rights apply to your case. Reach out to one of our skilled attorneys today.

Societal Norms and Child Custody in Manhattan

In the past, primary child custody was awarded to mothers as mothers were thought to be better at rearing children.  However, the court has changed as societal norms have shifted. With more women entering the workplace and more men becoming primary caregivers, the court has abandoned any previous maternal preference.

Types of Child Custody in Manhattan

There are two types of child custody in New York. These are legal and physical child custody. Legal custody pertains to the right to make significant decisions about a child’s life. Physical custody refers to where a child resides.

Legal and physical can be sole, joint, or a combination of the two. In New York, the court awards child custody based upon the best interest of the children.

Primary Physical Custody in Manhattan

The primary caregiver of the children is typically awarded physical custody. Often mothers, even working mothers, are awarded physical custody because they are the primary caregivers of their children. This does not mean that stay-at-home mothers are immediately awarded primary physical custody.

Fathers can still be awarded primary physical custody in the event they can prove awarding custody to the mother is not in the children’s best interests. A father may allege a mother is unfit or a drug user.

Alimony in Manhattan

As a former spouse, a mother may qualify for alimony or spousal support and child support. Spousal support amounts vary based on the family’s previous lifestyle, income, and the duration of the marriage.

Child Support in Manhattan

Parents are legally required to support their children. Child support is not a privilege a parent may withhold or use in a power struggle. Should this happen to a mother, an enforcement action can be filed on her behalf.

Contact an Experienced Mothers’ Rights Attorney in Manhattan 

The Law Offices of Vivien I. Stark is experienced in presenting the evidence and arguments needed to support mothers’ while pursuing their goals. Learn more about how we can help you by scheduling a consultation at our Manhattan office.