Rockland County Family Law Attorney
Representing New York clients through family law matters
The Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. is a compassionate and effective law firm that serves New York clients with straightforward and personalized legal services. Our firm handles all family law matters, including child custody, child support, child visitation, prenuptial agreements, relocation, and more. Our firm protects victims of domestic violence and those wrongly accused. When our clients need to request modifications to court orders or enforcement petitions to force an order to be followed, we are ready to help. If you are interested in or going through the process of adoption, we would be happy to help. If you need quality legal support from a skilled and knowledgeable law firm, contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C.
In New York State, parents are obligated to support their children until the age of 21. In times of divorce, separation, and other legal matters, courts have the authority to order parents to follow a support structure that meets the best interests of the child. New York courts often follow the NYS Child Support Guidelines to determine a fair and just child support structure.
When children’s lives are involved in a divorce or separation, an already complicated matter has the potential to escalate into a heated and contested situation. In many contested cases, each party believes that they are entitled to see the child more. Whether one party spends more time with the child as the other works or one believes that their hard work and hours away from the home entitles them to more time with their child, a divorcing couple’s battle will be fueled by a future where they will ultimately have to share their parenting time with the other.
Divorce can have a serious impact on the family. A child that is in the middle of an emotionally driven divorce case can be seriously affected by the outcome. Child custody and child support issues can rip a family apart. Through it all, parents work to protect their relationship with their child. Things like sole custody and a hostile custodial parent can put a familial relationship in danger.
Adoption is a wonderful act one can bestow upon a child who needs a loving and caring home. Across New York, there are children who need a loving home and parents who are ready to open their hearts to a child. Forging a familial relationship through adoption is one of the kindest, most wonderful parts about being a family law firm.
Domestic violence is a major problem in New York State. To immediately protect victims of domestic violence, New York implemented laws that revolutionized the way the state handles domestic violence. The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1994 provides more aggressive law enforcement and criminal justice interventions and protections for victims of domestic violence.
When a family law matter concludes, the court will issue an order to be followed by all involved in the case. When a party doesn’t follow a court order, there are consequences. Courts will issue orders for matters including alimony, child support, child custody, child visitation, property distribution, and even relocation.
New York State’s family courts hear cases regarding families, children, and spouses. A singular court system was implemented by The Family Court Act, giving this system the authority to decide on cases, enforce decisions and modify judgments when needed. Family court is part of the Unified Court System of New York State.
After a divorce or family law matter, a judge will issue an order that both parties must follow. Whether it is related to property distribution, child support, alimony, child custody or child visitation, a judge’s order is law. If a person was to ignore or defy the ruling, he or she could face some serious consequences, including but not limited to contempt of court and even wage garnishing. Taking these facts into consideration, a judge’s order is not totally set in stone. Courts regularly hear requests for modification to an order.
Divorce and separation can have negative impacts on the family. Child custody cases can be devastating when a parent can’t face a future where they share a child’s time that they once saw every day. Relocation can be one of the hardest and most emotional issues a family may need to address.