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Divorce Lawyer NYC - Paul E Rudder, Esq


Your child or children are the most important people in your life, which is why if you are getting divorced or are involved in a child custody dispute, it's important to have an experienced attorney who can help to protect your rights as a parent. While the parties may wish to dissolve their relationship with one another, the relationship with their children continues.

Issues pertaining to custody of children are often the most emotionally demanding and painful and require the attention of an attorney who is familiar with family and child custody law. Hiring a lawyer will help you ensure that your rights are best represented in court.

Paul E Rudder, Esq. is an experienced child custody lawyer in New York City who will protect your legal right as a parent. Mr. Rudder has over 30 years of experience handling custody disputes. He can help diffuse conflicts while assisting in achieving a mutual understanding and agreement between the parties, keeping in mind the ultimate goal - the best interests of the child. Call (212) 826-9900 to set an appointment.

Parenting is one of the top issues divorcing couples face. They may worry about schools, what extracurricular activities the children will be involved in, their living situation, medical issues, as well as many other issues. A child custody attorney will work closely with both parties to create a partnership when possible, but above all else to be sure that the interest of the child or children is well served.

Most judges in New York State try to be fair in decisions of child custody cases. In most cases the critical issues that are debated between the parties are custody, child support and visitation.

There are many determining factors in deciding which parent will get custody. The goal is to impose as little change and disruption for a child as possible. Some of the factors that the court considers are:

  • Who is the primary caretaker
  • Quality of home environment
  • Parenting skills of each parent
  • Mental and physical status of each parent
  • Work schedules and availability to the child
  • If a child is old enough, his or her preference.
  • Sibling situation and where they reside as well as the relationship

Types of Child Custody in New York

There are various types of custody that can be agreed upon by divorcing parents or ordered by the court. The different types of custody in New York are as follows:

  • Sole Custody - A court-ordered arrangement wherein one parent has both legal and physical custody of the child.
  • Joint Custody - A more common setup wherein both parents will have a shared legal custody of the child.

It is important to note that both legal and physical custody can be sole or joint. Sole and joint custody are defined as:

  • Legal Custody - The parent who has the legal custody of the child has the right to make important life decisions on behalf of their child.
  • Physical Custody - The child will live with the parent who provides the care on a daily basis.

Make Sure Your Parental Rights Are Protected

Make sure your parental rights are protected by contacting an experienced divorce and family lawyer in  NYC. Paul Rudder, Esq. has a unique advantage in negotiating custody disputes as he also is often appointed by courts or other attorneys as an Attorney (Guardian) for children in high conflict divorces. This position gives him unique perspective and skills to negotiate for his clients and their children. He will investigate and review the case facts and confidently defend your rights in court.

Contact An Accomplished NYC Child Custody Attorney Today

Paul Rudder, Esq. is an experienced attorney in New York who will protect your rights and uphold the law. Family law can be extremely complicated.

To get legal assistance with child custody in NYC, please call Paul Rudder, Esq. at (212) 826-9900 to schedule a consultation. Mr. Rudder serves clients throughout New York City with an office conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan.

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Paul Rudder ESQ was one of the main presen-
ters and a panelist at St John's University Law School all day course titled "THE COURT IS IN SESSION: PSYCHOLOGISTS ON THE STAND - A CASE OF A CHILD CUSTODY EVALUA TION" on September 30 2012.

The program presented the issues and concerns in the stages through time in child custody, general issues related to all aspects of the child custody dispute and adjudication, common errors made by professionals, legal challenges likely to be faced, ethical and licensing issues likely to emerge, etc.

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  • "Paul Rudder is amazing person and a great lawyer. He has a heart but also great legal skills. He took me through a brutal experience with very good results. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a divorce attorney"

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  • "I came to see Mr. Rudder at the suggestion of my accountant. I got served with divorce papers and did not know who to turn to. From the moment I stepped into his office, I felt like someone had my back and I was going to be OK. He is not just a lawyer, he is a counselor at law which what a divorce lawyer should be, this is a very personal, emotional experience."

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  • "I needed a divorce and there was a lot at stake, significant assets and 2 kids. The divorce was not going to be friendly. There was a lot of hostility between and my now ex-wife. Paul Rudder did everything to avoid heavy litigation, tried to settle and negotiate as much as he could. Eventually we did go to court and this man knows how to try a case. I was very satisfied with the outcome."

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  • "I was about to get married and needed a pre-nuptial agreement. I was recommended Paul Rudder by a friend who used him for his. This is a very difficult and sensitive matter and he really helped me understand and identify my rights, goals as well a fairness to my soon to be wife."

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"Top Lawyer" in Family and Divorce Law in New York Times Super Lawyers Section for (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

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