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New York Child Custody Laws

Family law matters generally fall under state jurisdiction, including custody. Most U.S. states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (PDF), which fosters legal cooperation with respect to multi-state custody cases. New York child custody laws comply with the Act, while also allowing grandparent visitation rights and joint custody.

The following chart highlights the basics of New York child custody laws.

Code Section Dom. Rel. §240
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1977
Joint Custody an Option? Yes, Dom. Rel. §240
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, Dom. Rel. §240(1)
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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