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Child Custody Lawyer

One of the hardest parts of a divorce or separation is determining a custody arrangement and ensuring it serves your child's best interests.

By hiring a New York attorney from Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP , you can protect your child during the transition and into the future.

If you need to talk to a child custody lawyer, contact our Glenville, NY, law office.

Are you contemplating a separation or divorce?

Talk to Our New York Law Firm First

Hiring a family law firm is the best way to protect your best interests and the well-being of your child during this difficult time. To learn more about child custody, contact us online or call our attorneys: 

(518) 399-5400

Our New York child custody attorneys can help your family through every stage of your case.


Child custody encompasses both physical and legal custody of a child. It is a type of family law. Usually, it also addresses topics like visitation and child support.

When to Hire a Child Custody Lawyer

Legally Separating

If you share children with your spouse and are legally separating while you decide whether a divorce is necessary, a lawyer can help you establish where the child will live, visitation rights, and financial support that will need to be provided by each spouse while they are living apart.

Filing for Divorce

If you decide that a divorce is the right option for your family, you will need to hire a lawyer to assist in drafting a custody agreement that protects the best interests of your child.

Modifying a Previous Arrangement

Custody arrangements and parenting schedules can be modified if a parent can prove that there has been a substantial change in circumstances, like finances or relocation, and it is in the child's best interests to alter the original order. 

Hear What Clients Have to Say  About Our Glenville Lawyers


Darren Diamond


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Let me start by saying this. I would not be where I am today if it was not for this firm. Ellie is hands down is the ONLY attorney I will use if needed in the future, and I will recommended her to anyone looking for guidance in any legal matter. Absolutely the best of the best! Over a year and a half of fighting a custody and support matter, Ellie was always in perfect communication and was always on point. She kept me on track, made me step back and think things through, and explained things in a way for me to understand completely. She always looked out for the best interest in myself and my family. I do not regret a single thing that has happened in this case because of her. Again, I could not be happier or more thankful! Thank you so much for everything!!! Darren D

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Suzanna D


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Ms.DeCoursey is a fair, honest, and ethical attorney. Her legal and professional correspondences on my behalf have consistently been timely, polished, and succinct. She is a kind person, and advised me sensibly.

I found her professional approach rational, polished, and direct. She patiently responded to all my questions within reasonable timeframes.

Her assistant Brenda Rager is wonderful, as is her entire firm's staff. She is a credit to her profession and I would recommend her to anyone.

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3 Primary Benefits of Hiring a Child Custody Lawyer

Focus on Your Family

During a separation or divorce, you want your child to be affected as little as possible. By taking care of the logistics of your child custody case, a lawyer allows you to devote your time and energy to your family and ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. 

Protect Your Child's Best Interests

In the state of New York, the courts determine child custody agreements based on the best interests of the child. A lawyer can help you create a compelling case that takes into account several factors to show the court how your child can benefit from your desired custody agreement.

Create a Favorable Parenting Schedule

Courts typically view it as important that the child spend time with the non-custodial parent on a regular basis. A parenting schedule outlines the days and times when the non-custodial parent can see the child. Factors like hostility, substance abuse, or domestic violence may influence custody, resulting in supervised visits instead of custody. 

Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey Protects Parents and Children

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The Glenville firm of Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey has been representing parents in custody cases for many years. U.S. News even included us in "The Best Law Firms in America" under the Family Law category.

Navigating family law can be scary, but we can help.

You've Found a Law Firm With Your Child's Best Interest at Heart So Reach Out to Our New York Lawyers

A child custody case can be uniquely stressful for each and every member of your family.

From custody to child support, the process can be exhausting, even if the other parent is fully amicable.

If you need strong attorneys for your family law case, you've found the firm for the job: Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey.

To begin, contact our Glenville office or call our lawyers at

(518) 399-5400

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Our law firm, Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, serves Glenville, Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, the Capital District, and upstate New York.

How the Court Determines Custody Arrangements

The philosophical cornerstone of New York's child custody laws is that regular contact with both parents is normally what is in the best interest of the child. Courts and experts believe children thrive with two parents that are active in their lives.

It's important that the custody arrangement maximizes the child's access to both parents while still being compatible with the parents' work schedules and responsibilities.

If the parents cannot agree on who should retain custody of the child after a divorce or separation, the court will step in and make the decision for the couple.

Your child custody lawyer can help you make the best case possible for your desired outcome. While there is no guarantee that the court will rule in the way you hope, hiring an attorney can improve your standing.

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The Factors Involved In a Child Custody Case

The court will consider many factors in child custody cases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Main Caregiver
  • Parental Health
  • Parenting Skills
  • Ability to Provide
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child's Opinion
  • Home Stability
  • Parental Alienation

"We feel safe, protected, and fought for" Why Clients Choose Our Glenville Attorneys 


Tanya Lewis


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We are working them on an adoption case and we have been met with love, grace patience etc. The process has been smooth sailing fast and efficient. We feel like old friends really. It's extremely processional but also casual where it needs to be. We feel safe protected and fought for. It does not feel like we are just a number and they are out to get our money

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Super nice, polite, intelligent, listened to everything I said and answered all my questions.

Thank you for being awesome

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Child Support Creates Consistency and Stability

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Child support is intended to bridge the gap between both parents' home environments. It helps a child maintain the same standard of living in both houses. While each case is unique, our New York lawyers can help you and your family determine a viable path forward.
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Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP

Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, in Glenville can represent your family's best interests during a divorce, separation, or appeal. Our highly knowledgeable attorneys have been trained at prestigious institutions and are recognized by organizations including:

  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Super Lawyers®
  • Martindale Hubbell®
  • U.S. News & World Report

To speak with one of our family law attorneys, call  (518) 399-5400 or request an appointment online.

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