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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 of marriage.

Child Custody

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 visitation rights.

Child Support

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.

Below is a basic guideline 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. You may also find yourself facing other issues related to fathers' rights during your divorce, such as paternity, child support, visitation or relocation. 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.

Before your divorce progresses further!

Contact us today for a free case evaluation. 

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