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Long Island Child Custody Cases

Child custody battles are one of the most stressful, trying times of a parent’s life. The arguments made during the proceedings are emotionally charged and often painful for both parents, but it’s absolutely necessary to fight for custody of the children we love so much. Your lawyer’s closing statements are a unique opportunity to move a judge in a child custody case. It’s their time to summarize everything they’ve presented during the proceedings and bring everything together in a cohesive and powerful final testament about why your argument for your custody situation is the right one. The closing statement – otherwise known as a summation – is YOUR message to the judge, to the other parent, to the world in general about why your child is important to you and why custody is within your right.

Sometimes things get cloudy during the general proceedings. One particular thing might not have been clear, the judge might have misunderstood, and he or she might be leaning one way UNTIL that closing statement. It’s absolutely essential to have a divorce lawyer who understands the powerful nature of the closing statement. SPODEK LAW GROUP has been giving powerful closing statements to judges since 1976, the year that our firm came into existence. Our goal back then was to make your family our family during the time you trusted us with your divorce issues. And no divorce issue is quite as contentious, quite as complicated, and quite as painful as child custody issues. Two people who married out of love, and created a child, are now in court to decide who gets custody of that child. Visitation issues, primary custody, shared custody, and other issues are going to be a vital part of whether or not you leave your marriage with dignity and with the child or children that mean so much to you. And we know that we’re going to have the satisfacftion of helping you reach your custody goals.

Understanding the Closing Statement

If opening statements are the “Hello Judge,” then closing statements are surely the final statement, the one thing that you can do to salvage any moments that went wrong during the custody hearings and clarifying just why our client deserves to have the custody arrangement that they desire. We take our closing statements so very seriously, right to heart, where they belong. They are both direct statements to the judge that serves as a single statement with no arguments. It’s the best time of all to talk directly to that judge, to let him or her know just why our client is deserving of their custody arrangement, to rebuke any opposition to that arrangement. It needs to be powerful, factual, but also a strong emotional appeal that is backed up by facts. And our lawyers have 40 plus years of experience getting that point across to judges who hear custody arguments. As child custody attorneys who are passionate about what we do, who truly believe about the enormous importance of your family’s well-being, we will make sure that our closing statements are the most effective. In order to give a good closing statement, it must follow certain guidelines.

Guidelines of Good Closing Arguments

Emotional appeals only go so far. This is law we’re talking about, and that means that everything has to be factually accurate and presented according to the law. While closing statements have a broad range of allowances, there are some things that us lawyers must be very careful about. Here are a few of those rules.

Only Admissible Evidence can be talked about during closing arguments: If you’re representing yourself, only evidence admitted during the trial can be mentioned in the closing argument. You can’t bring in any new information. This is one of the most limiting things in the world, and that’s why you need someone from the SPODEK LAW GROUP on your side during those closing arguments.

Keep it evidence-based: As mentioned before, we can’t bring up something that was ruled inadmissible. The law is all about evidence, and anything we presented during the trial that was deemed admissible can be mentioned in closing arguments. This can strongly sway a judge in the right direction, but it’s a critical mistake to mention things that were NOT admissible, and we never do that during summations.

Keep it relevant: During the trial, things were talked about that are very relevant to the closing argument, and this is where we strike at the heart of your case. It’s our goal to take all of the relevant testimonies and evidence and then tie those things up nicely and emotionally in closing arguments. Sometimes an emotional appeal is fine, if it’s evidence based, but it needs to be relevant and based on evidence. Your love for your children are the reason that you should have custody of those children, and sometimes the children are in danger if left with a former spouse who doesn’t have their best interests at heart. It’s our goal to make sure that the closing argument very concisely and passionately explains why your child custody arrangement is the best one for the child.

It’s about the best interests of the children: Whether you have one child or 13 of them, a child custody hearing is always about what’s in the best interests of the child. We keep our evidence and testimony and strategy strongly tied to that one golden rule of the court: Is this in the best interest of the child? If it is, and we have the testimony and evidence to prove that, our closing argument is all that much more powerful.


Child custody trials are absolutely nerve-racking if you don’t have a highly passionate, skilled, and dedicated lawyer. And we’re just that group of people who care so much about your family that during your trial, you’re part of OUR family here at SPODEK. We have 40 years of experience making sure that the interests of the children are served well in these cases. We know that you want the best for your child, and so do we. And you can bet that when we make your closing statement, or summation, it will be powerful, relevant, and in the best interests of the child or children you love so very much. Just call us today and let us take over your case. We look forward to helping you.

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