Poughkeepsie Fathers' Rights
Protect Your Rights with Help from a Hudson Valley Lawyer
If you are a father, you know how important your role is to your children.
At Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C., we understand that, too.
A 2006 study in the
Journal of Family Psychology revealed that contact between a father and his child correlated with better
social, emotional, and academic development in the child. But in a season
of divorce, many fathers worry about how to nurture their relationship
with their children and stay involved in their lives. Talking with one
of our knowledgeable divorce attorneys is a good starting point. We can
help you understand your rights as a father and what can be done legally
to protect these rights, or gain parental rights to a child born outside
Although fathers' rights have been minimized in the past, courts across
the country are now more open to the possibility that the father can often
offer better care for the child. Despite this evolution, you will still
need a lawyer who specializes in
child custody to make sure your rights are valued as much as the mother's. Consult
with one of our divorce lawyers in the Hudson Valley area to discuss issues
related to custody disputes and
In a divorce or separation, fathers will be confronted with the issue of
child support. Though you naturally want to provide for your children and ensure their
wellbeing, your spouse may have a different idea in mind of what that
means. Working with one of our experienced divorce lawyers will help you
understand not only your rights as a father, but also how to create the
best financial support system for your children.
In the state of New York, child support is usually determined by a formula,
although the specific amount will vary in each situation. For general
purposes, below are basic guidelines for estimating child support:
- 17 percent of total parental income for one child
- 25 percent of total parental income for two children
- 29 percent of total parental income for three children
- 31 percent of total parental income for four children
- 35 percent of total parental income for five or more children
You may also find yourself facing other issues related to fathers'
rights during your divorce, such as paternity, child support, visitation
or relocation. Before your divorce progresses further,
contact us today or request a
free case evaluation. We are here to set your mind at ease about protecting your rights as
a father, and to take the correct legal actions for you.