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Parental Rights Helping You Get Back to What Matters Most

Queens Parental Rights Attorneys

Fighting for Your Rights

As a parent, we understand why it’s important for you to be able to make important decisions for your child, especially when they’re young. The early years of a person’s life are extremely formative, and can define the future of their relationships with their parents. According to law, parents have certain rights in regards to their children, including the right to spend quality time with them, even if they’re not the parent granted custody, as well as the right to make important decisions about them and their care.

Our parental rights attorneys in Queens want to defend the legal rights of parents. Principal attorney Natalie Markfeld and our team at Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys are proud to serve New York City families. We have years of demonstrated experience in fighting for custody rights, be it physical or legal.

Contact our team online, or call (718) 215-0121 to schedule an appointment today. We offer payment plans for your financial situation.

Physical vs. Legal Custody

Child custody doesn’t just concern the physical caretaking of a child. It’s important to understand that there are two different kinds of custody when dealing with your rights as a parent. Physical custody is the time you physically spend with your child. As the parent with physical custody, you’re in charge of making day-to-day decisions.

Legal custody, however, refers to your right to make important decisions for your child, including those involving:

  • Healthcare
  • Religion
  • Education

While one parent might be granted full physical custody, both parents share legal custody of their children.

Mothers’ Rights

While in the past, courts have favored the mother when it comes to granting custody, as of today, mothers’ rights and fathers’ rights are viewed as equal under the court system. Still, as a mother, in certain cases you may have rights that fathers don’t. For instance, if you’re unmarried, you automatically have sole custody of your child upon their birth. Additionally, if you’re married but are still nursing your child, you have good cause for why you deserve physical custody.

If you’re a mother and either want physical custody of your child, or wish to enforce joint legal custody, our team can be your advocates. We believe mothers have the right to represent their child’s best interest, especially in their formative years.

Fathers’ Rights

A common stereotype in custody battles is that the mothers typically win custody of their child, but in modern times, this simply isn’t true. Under law, fathers are considered equal to mothers and thus have equal opportunity to claim custody and visitation. As a father, you should not be daunted by stereotypes—you have just as much right as your child’s mother to be present in their lives and make decisions for them.

Our attorneys can help you enforce your legal rights as a father, whether you wish to seek physical custody or enforce joint or sole legal custody. If the mother of your child has physical custody, there’s no need to worry. We can help ensure that you receive adequate quality time with your child because, as their father, you’re meant to be in their life forever.

As parental rights attorneys in Queens, we help fathers with the following:

  • Establish legal rights to see their children
  • Modify orders of support and custody
  • Ensure legal rights to make important decisions for their children
  • Establish paternity in cases where they’re not married to the child’s mother

Even if you’re unmarried to your child’s mother, you still have parental rights. We have years of experience in establishing paternity so fathers can claim joint responsibility of their child. Don’t wait to establish a strong presence in your child’s life.

Call (718) 215-0121 if you have questions regarding your legal rights as a parent. We can help you understand the system.

Our Individualized Approach

  • Personal Attention

    We take the time to learn about our clients and their families.

  • Experience

    We understand our clients' specific family law issues.

  • Solution Oriented Representation

    We develop a legal strategy to help our clients achieve their goals.

Former Clients Share Their Story

    Would recommend her to anyone who wants to win or a positive outcome. Her knowledge and skills will definitely benefit anyone willing to put in work of their own and be prepared for any obstacles along the way.

    “Natalie Markfeld represented me in my Family Court matter and she did an amazing job. Don't let her size fool you she is very aggressive and outspoken in the courtroom and will get what you want or ...”

    - Former Client
    You made it so easy and quick. Communication was also amazing. Thank you!!

    “Thank you for doing such an amazing efficient job Natalie! You made it so easy and quick. Communication was also amazing. Thank you!!”

    - Natalie H.
    She was the dedicated and resourceful legal professional I needed at a very challenging time in my life.

    “Natalie Markfield was great on my case. This is who you want on your side. She was the dedicated and resourceful legal professional I needed at a very challenging time in my life. Whether by phone or ...”

    - Natasha M.
    From the moment I first consulted with Natalie, she impressed me not only with her professionalism but with her genuine interest in my case, which was somewhat unusual.

    “After enduring a most unprofessional experience with another law firm, I researched and found Natalie Markfield of Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. I’m glad I did. From the moment I first consulted ...”

    - Sean M.
    She was a beast in the courtroom. She assertively fought for what was best for my daughter.

    “This review is long overdue. But I found Daniella Levi & Associates when I needed help with a custody battle over my infant daughter last year. Natalie Markfeld was an amazing lawyer. She was a beast ...”

    - Anna B.
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