Child custody and visitation matters often prove to be the most emotionally wrenching cases for either divorcing parents or parents who simply have a child in common.These cases should never be handled by a novice attorney and require the knowledge, skill, and advocacy abilities of an experienced lawyer who is accomplished in this somewhat complicated field. Mr. Kommor has established himself as one of the foremost custody and visitation attorneys in the New York area having practiced in this field for nearly twenty-five years.  As such, Mr, Kommor has received universal praise from colleagues, judges, and law guardians as a committed, extraordinarily competent, and zealous advocate for parents enmeshed in custody disputes. By utlizing a combined balance of trial advocacy skills, investigative techniques, and knowledge of family law, Mr. Kommor has established an extensive history of helping parents navigate their custody cases through the court system.  Not only is Mr. Kommor an advocate for parents involved in custody disputes but, also, for the children whose well-being is at stake.  As such, Mr. Kommor approaches child custody cases very seriously and pays strict attention to the specific details of each case knowing full well that each case presents its own unique set of facts and circumstances.  The ultimate goal for Mr. Kommor in any child custody case is to ensure that the best interests of the child(ren) are served and that they are placed in a custodial setting that maximizes their potential for future growth and happiness.

Factors in Determining Custody and Visitation

There is a very long list of factors that a judge will take into account before making a final decision regarding child custody in New York. The following is a list of factors a New York family court may take into consideration.

  • Parents age
  • Alcohol and drug use of parents
  • Parents availability
  • Physical health of parents
  • Parents finances
  • Histories of child abuse
  • Home environment
  • Mental and emotional stability
  • Parents behavior in court
  • Children's preferences


The Court's Role in Custody Cases

The courts will generally strive to foster a relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent. Usually the judge will award some form of visitation rights to the non-custodial parent. There may also be additional rules placed on the exchange of the child from one parent to another. In New York custody disputes, there are several types of visits and exchanges that a judge can order.

  • Unsupervised Visits: These are visits where the visiting parent is allowed time alone with the child. No third party needs to be present for such visits.
  • Supervised Visits: The parent cannot be alone with the child. Instead the court will choose someone to supervise the visits.
  • Therapeutic Supervised Visits: These are similar to supervised visits, but the person presiding over the visit is a mental health professional. The professionals goal is to improve the visiting parents parenting skills.
  • Neutral Place of Exchange: This is a visit where the exchange of the child takes place at a neutral location. Examples of neutral locations include a police station or a school.
  • Monitored Transition: This is when a non-parent is present during the exchange of the child from one parent to another. This is to help ensure the safety of the child.
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