A father can bring a paternity case to a New York family court in order to demand a custody order and parenting time schedule. If you’d like to establish custody and a set parenting schedule with a child you believe is yours, our Queens paternity lawyers may be able to help. We enjoy helping deserving parents navigate the complex New York family court system in order to establish a custody order that allows them to meaningfully parent.
The best interests of the child control
You might expect the court to offer you very little time with your child. This isn’t necessarily the case. Instead, the court looks at the entire situation and determines the best interests of the child. If you’re a fit parent, there’s no reason that you can’t fight for joint or even primary custody.
The court looks at the child’s history and who typically provides the child with hands-on care. They consider each parent’s capability to provide adequate care for a child. They even look at things like work schedules. Domestic violence in either parent’s history plays an important role too. The court looks at all of these factors and decides the case on an individual basis.
A court order is enforceable
You may wonder why it’s in your best interests to formally establish paternity and a custody order. Once you have an order in place, it’s fully enforceable. That means, if your child’s other parent tries to deny you the parenting time that’s in the court order, you can bring enforcement proceedings to the courts. With a court order in place, you can rest assured that you have the full backing of the courts in order to maintain your close relationship with your child.
Child support issues
Along with paternity and custody comes child support. Both parents have an obligation to financially support their child. Our Queens paternity attorneys want to make sure that the court’s child support order is accurate in your case.
That means, we need to review your income to make sure the court establishes it properly. Child support must be based on accurate inputs, or the amount isn’t going to be correct. We take the time to make sure that the court calculates income, deductions, health care, child care and other expenses accurately. That way, you can have confidence that you’re truly providing the necessary support for your child.
How we can help
When we work with a Queens paternity client, we take the time to build the case thoroughly. Our team can work with you to document your ability to parent. We can use family and friends, photographs, text messages and even parenting classes to show the court that you’re fit and motivated to be an outstanding parent. When the other side makes allegations, we thoroughly and thoughtfully respond to them.
Our team of experienced attorneys can also help you negotiate with the other side. Although reaching an agreement might seem unlikely, with trained legal professionals, you may be able to resolve your case without going to trial. We offer our clients honest information about the strengths and weaknesses of their case so that they can make the best possible decision.
If you need a Queens paternity lawyer, please contact us. Our team of attorneys is ready and eager to fight for deserving fathers. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start working on your case.