Joint Custody

New York Joint Custody Attorney Helping Parents in New Paltz, Hudson Valley, & Kingston

Child custody is often one of the most misunderstood issues in divorce. Parents often believe that relinquishing custody of a child means giving up parenting rights. It does not. In many cases, joint custody may be most practical for legal matters and making decisions about school, religious upbringing and social activities, but it is simply not realistic to expect a young child to move back and forth between the parents’ primary residences. It is often more practical to seek joint legal custody, therefore, while leaving primary physical custody in the hands of one parent.

In New York, family law attorneys expect joint custody to be the norm and default to a joint custody ruling if both parents show themselves to be fit and willing to parent the child appropriately. But joint custody isn’t right in every situation.

Custody is an emotional issue in many divorce cases. Get the facts about joint custody and whether it is the best option for your family. I am Saugerties, New York, divorce and child custody attorney Jonathan D. Katz. For more than 25 years, my law firm has been representing clients involved in custody issues in Orange County, Dutchess County and communities throughout the Hudson Valley and the Catskills region. I know what your local judge will expect regarding what is best for your child. In most cases, I can help resolve your toughest joint custody support issues without the need for emotional and costly litigation.

I have experience in all areas of New York child custody law, including:

  • Joint custody and whether it is the right option for your family

  • Joint legal custody, giving both parents an equal right to make legal decisions about the child’s upbringing and welfare

  • Joint physical custody, splitting the child’s living arrangements equally between both parents

  • Sole custody, giving legal and physical custody to one parent, while ensuring parenting time is made available to the non-custodial parent

  • Termination of parental rights, stripping one parent of any authority or visitation rights of the child

  • Relocation petition for a parent with physical and legal custody to relocate the child to another community, including international and out-of-state relocation. I represent clients on both sides of the relocation issue

Experienced New York Joint Custody Attorney

From my offices in Saugerties, I represent clients in communities throughout Orange County, the Hudson Valley and the Catskill region. Contact me to arrange an consultation.

Client Reviews
I was living a nightmare of being falsely accused in a judicial system that considers all fathers to be dead beat dads until proven innocent. Living out of state and facing the possibility of jail, I miraculously found Jon’s website and called his office. Within a week the tables were turned, the lies were exposed, and the harassment was stopped. If you need someone that will challenge the system, then you need Jonathan Katz. Greg Weaver
Jon’s integrity towards his clients is what makes him a standout attorney. He makes it a priority to know what's important to you. You’re not just a number. He is upfront with you right from the start. He will not string you along just for his financial benefit. He is only willing to settle the case if that's truly what you want. Anytime I called him I received a call back from him that day. Not someone else in the office. He is an attorney that has a passion for what's important to his clients. John Morrissey
Being a single mom, I had enough stress in my life. I had no idea how to go about protecting myself. My daughters were my priority. Jon walked me through the process. He turned a difficult time into a workable solution. Diane Chiriani
Jon thinks well, works to be clear and honest. He works to get to a strong argument. He seems to have a good working relationship with everybody at the courthouse. I get the feeling he has no trouble thinking like a judge. He is friendly and courteous. He doesn't overbill. He takes and returns calls promptly. His legal staff is friendly and competent. What's not to like? Rick S.
I liked that there was always transparency throughout my case. Genevieve H.