Custody & Visitation

Custody and visitation are two separate matters but they are usually decided during the same hearing. A New York court can make orders about the child's custody and visitation only until the child is 18 years old.

Custody gives responsibility for the child's care and how the child is brought up to one or both of the child's parents or to someone else.

Visitation is ordered when one parent has sole custody so that the parent who doesn't have custody has visits with the child.

The court decides custody and visitation orders based on what is in the best interest of the child.


Help With a Custody/Visitation Order

If you already have a custody or visitation order for your child from Family Court, you can use the Custody/Visitation Modification DIY Program to ask the court to change the order or the Custody/Visitation Enforcement DIY Program to ask the court to enforce it if it is not being followed.


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