Isn’t it time For Joint Custody in New York?

Under New York law, for both parents to have joint custody over their children they both must consent before a Court will agree to joint custody for their children.  Absent such agreement, the non-custodial parent is typically left with limited visitation rights and the heavy financial burden to pay child support.  Critical rights as to a children’s’ choice of doctors and medical care, education, religion school and all other major decisions all devolve to the custodial parent who may or may not be the best decision maker for the children.


Isn’t it time for New York to permit joint custody and shared child-rearing responsibilities for the children of a divorced couple?  Wouldn’t this be in the best interests of the children?            


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