Q: Hello, I was recently emailed from the Westchester family court that i had to make a court appearance, i had no idea what it was for but when I joined the meeting virtually it was for my ex that submitted support petition. I’ve been sending her money for the past 9 months and i have my daughter 3/4 nights a week. i also travel to get her approx. 36 miles each way approx. 3/4 times a week. i want to know my chances on getting her 50/50 biases which that could possibly reduce the amount i have to pay. also want to possibly ask for full custody due to the poor school schedule in the area that she’s in with her mother. in my area of the Bronx she can get into a school that will provide a full schedule to her instead of the part time that her mom is only able to get. i work from home which means i can pick her up and drop her off no problem.
A: There are numerous factors which impact custody – informal arrangements on access are but one of them. At the least you should keep a careful paper-trial with the other parent, documenting the day/time you have the child. You’re also best advised to schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.