Child Support and Paternity

A Lawyer Protecting the Rights of Children in New York

Children should be protected during a divorce; they should never be used as pawns by parents. At the law firm of Gerard J. Pisanelli, I represent parents in child support, paternity, and custody disputes — always keeping an eye on the best interests of the child.

My firm is a local law firm, serving clients from offices in Poughkeepsie and Beacon, New York. To learn how to put my skills to work for you in your child support and paternity dispute, contact me today for a free consultation.

Reaching Fair Child Support Awards

When trying to work out an agreement with your spouse about child support, it is helpful to have an attorney able to deal with complicating factors like shared custody. While the Child Support Standards Act is the primary tool used to determine child support in New York, each judicial department uses slightly different rules to determine the appropriate amount of child support to award.

For over 30 years, I have helped parents deal with child support issues and the related complications involving educational costs, special health needs, day care costs and support issues for high-income families.

When needs change or a parent fails to pay child support, I will be there to help you through issues related to child support modification and enforcement — whether or not you are the one seeking modification or enforcement.

Resolving Questions About Paternity

While the court presumes that children born during a marriage are the biological children of the husband and wife, the paternity of children born out of wedlock must be established. This can be through DNA paternity testing or by both parents signing an acknowledgement of paternity. I will help you establish or contest the paternity of a child who could be the subject of a paternity dispute.

When disputes arise concerning the paternity of a child — whether it arises out of child custody or child support disputes — I can represent your interests. Resolving paternity is an important step; you should not go through this without the counsel of an experienced attorney.

To learn how to put my 30 years of legal experience to work for you, contact me at the law firm of Gerard D. Pisanelli for a free consultation.