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Child custody battles are complex, difficult, and contentious. If you think you can deal with your spouse or significant other without an attorney, think again. Our attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm are skilled child custody lawyers, who can handle any custody matter.

Our approach is unique to each case. Child custody is determined by what is considered “the best interests of a child”. Our top New York child custody attorneys know what is necessary to get custody – either sole, shared, or joint – by delving into a variety of factors, including mental and physical health, finances, parenting skills, lifestyles, domestic violence, as well as special needs.

We will protect your interests. When child custody is already given to one of the parents, it is very difficult to reverse the decision. That explains why it is important to win the initial child custody battle. Let our experienced New York child custody attorneys help you prove to the court that you are the better parent for the child because it is in the best interests of the child for you to have custody. Some of the factors that the court will consider when determining custody is whether you are the primary caretaker of the child, whether you are able to give the child a good place to live, food to eat and clothing to wear, and provide your child a better living environment over the other parent.

We listen. At the Law Office of Yelena Sharova P.C., we realize how serious and significant every parental custody issue is. New York and child custody attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm dedicate their skills, knowledge, time, and experience to represent the best interests of your children.


Our legal team with over 70-years of combined experience at the Sharova Law Firm will handle your legal matter with a proven approach – so that you will reach your goal in your custody case.

All child custody battles can become very complicated and most of them involve great emotional disruption, not only for the parents but for all family members. This New York family law branch demands real professionals with a great courtroom presense, skill of negotiation and enough level of empathy to handle family law cases involving children. It is also important to remember that your case will be changing and evolving during the proceedings. So, you will need a diligent child custody lawyer who will protect your rights.


We are available to speak with you at any time. The process of seeking child custody can be extremely complex, overwhelming and painful. Oftentimes issues arise during various times and days of the week which require immediate attention. We are always available to take your call. New York City child custody lawyers at theSharova Law Firm provide immediate assistance. We are experienced, affordable, and professional lawyers. Top client ratedNew York State family lawyers know the ins and outs of the judicial system. We are litigators, so we know how to fight for your interests in court.


We consider all options. A final custody order, even if it’s based on an agreement, has great power and effects both on the child’s and parent’s future. New York City family lawyers at the Law Office of Yelena Sharova P.C. have great over-time experience in dealing with child custody disputes, including extremely challenging issues. We will analyze every aspect, including the smallest circumstances and details of your custody case to be sure you are prepared well for court.

We never cut corners. Child custody attorneys at the Law Office of Yelena Sharova P.C. are intimately familiar with child custody laws and visitation laws. Top rated custody attorneys will help you to determine where you stand in your custody case. Our experienced family law attorneys will work meticulously to achieve the best possible outcome for your child custody and visitation matter that is right for you and your children – so that you may secure your children’s happiness, positive development and well-being. Our mission is to minimize your emotional stress during this difficult time by tailoring our methods to your case and circumstance – whether it is to litigate forcefully or negotiate skillfully – during the various stages of your legal proceeding.

We can assist you with a parenting plan. A top New York City divorce attorney can develop a program of custody and visitations that meets your needs. A parenting agreement will adress custody, parenting time plan, vacations and holidays visits, and take into consideration your emotional and financial capabilities in making all the decisions involving your children.

We will protect your interests. Every child custody issue is a great emotional hit for everyone who is involved, especially for your children. Child custody lawyers at Law Office of Yelena Sharova P.C. handle every custody case with enough sensibility and advertence to protect your and your children.

As well, remember that attorney fees are fixed to hours they spend working on your case. It also includes time they spend on a road to the court and back (around 2 or 3 hours every time). Law Office of Yelena Sharova is situated in the city center, in around 15 minutes to all courts, which decreases costs much for you.


There are two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody allows for one or both parents to make decisions for the child’s well being, such as which school the child will attend and which medical procedures the child will have. Physical custody refers to where the child will live.

♦ Sole child custody – means one parent will have both legal and physical custody, it’s when only one party has full rights for child custody.

♦ Joint custody – there can be joint legal and joint physical custody. The child can have a home with both parents and for instance live with one parent one week and with the other the next week. Joint legal custody requires for both parents to get along and make decisions together. It is usually inappropriate for cases where domestic violence was a factor. Joint physical custody often requires for parents to live close to one another.

♦ Third-party custody – occurs if a child is under the custody of the third party and is not his or her biological parents.

Top client rated New York City child custody attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm will help you understand different types of custody and establish the kind of custody that works best for you and your children. Our experienced NYC family lawyers will work with you to develop a plan of action to establish custody in New York.


Changing existing child custody usually requires a showing of a change in circumstances. Once a custody order is issued it is very difficult to change it. Even though it is difficult, it is still possible. Each set of facts is different and it’s important for you to get the correct type of advice to guide you in modyfying an existing child custody order. We are available for a consultation to discuss this process.


Parental alienation is a way that a parent exerts a psychological effect on a child to alienate the child from the other parent. This unfortunately is very common and very destructive towards the relationship the child has with an alienated parent. It may be in the form of the parent refusing the child to use the phone to call the other parent, making disparaging remarks about the other parent in the presence of a child, ar telling the child that the other parent does not love the child. If you are a victim of alienation, it is important to deal with it immediately as it could have extremely adverse psychological effects on the child as well as your relationship with your child. You should know that alienation is a basis to change custody or to obtain full custody if you prove to the court that it is happening.

Contact us for a legal consultation. Take this important step to shape the best future for you and your children.