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Child Custody

When parents are able to cooperate after a divorce, separation or breakup, it is usually best for them to share parenting rights and responsibilities. But when they are not cooperative, it may be in the best interest of the child for one parent to have more parenting rights and responsibilities than the other. Having served as a Broome County Family Court Judge in Binghamton for a decade, Tully Rinckey PLLC Binghamton Managing Partner Peter P. Charnetsky, Esq. is able to leverage his insights from serving on the bench to secure the best outcome possible for parents in child custody proceedings.

Call 607-722-1520 or email to schedule your FREE consultation with Binghamton Managing Partner Peter P. Charnetsky, Esq.

Whether you are separated or pursuing a divorce, custodial arrangements made with the other parent should be formalized. By filing a petition for child custody or a petition for visitation, you can take steps to protect your relationship with your child in the event the other parent fails to honor the informal agreement. Our experienced child custody attorneys represent parents in Binghamton, Media, Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Elmira, Bath, Owego, Norwich, and elsewhere in the Southern Tier.

Contact Tully Rinckey PLLC today to schedule a initial consultation with an experienced child custody lawyer in Binghamton. We can help if you are a parent, grandparent or sibling who wants to file or has questions about filing a custody petition, a petition for custody modification, a petition for enforcement of custody or visitation orders, or a family offense petition. Call 607-722-1520 or e-mail

Common Types of Custody

Former Broome County Family Court Judge Peter P. Charnetsky, Esq., the managing partner of our Binghamton office, has heard cases and represented parents seeking a variety of custodial arrangements. Below are some common types of custody arrangements:

  • Temporary custody (“pendent lite”): A type of custodial arrangement ordered by the court after a custody petition is filed and that remains in effect until replaced by a final decision.
  • Physical custody (“residential custody”): A custodial arrangement that relates to with which parent the child lives and/or spends time. Parents with “primary physical custody” with have their child living with them for more than 50 percent of the time. Parents with primary physical custody are referred to as “custodial parents.”
  • Legal custody: A custodial arrangement under which a parent has the legal authority to make major decisions about issues such as the child’s medical care, religious upbringing and education.
  • Joint Legal Custody: A custodial arrangement under which both parents have equal authority in major decisions regarding the child.
  • Shared Physical Custody: A custodial arrangement under which the child spends an equal amount of time with both parents.

Factors Influencing Custody Orders

Several factors will influence a court’s decision on the type of custody that is appropriate for your case. These factors include each parent’s age and maturity; drug and alcohol abuse; financial and home situations; availability; physical and mental health; relationship with the other parent; fault in the divorce, if any; previous court judgments; and testimony from counselors, family members, school officials and other collateral sources.

As a former Broome County Family Court Judge, Tully Rinckey PLLC Binghamton Managing Partner Peter P. Charnetsky, Esq. is intimately familiar with these factors and how they can influence a Judge’s decision on what is in the best interest of the child. Schedule a initial consultation with an experienced child custody attorney in Binghamton to review these factors and how they could affect the type of child custody a court could order for you. Call Tully Rinckey PLLC in Binghamton at 607-722-1520 or e-mail

Tully Rinckey PLLC’s family and matrimonial law attorneys can represent parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, domestic partners, and other parties in Bath, Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca, Media, Norwich, Owego, Watkins Glen, and beyond. Call today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our family and matrimonial lawyers at 607-722-1520 or e-mail Click here to view a video about our consultation process.

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