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Family law attorney near me? Over 20 years experience

My name is Paul Matthews. I am a top rated and affordable divorce and family law attorney, conveniently located here in New York City.

I opened my private Family Law Practice in downtown Manhattan in 1996, specializing in family law trials and appeals.

To date, I have tried over 500 cases. I have also prosecuted or defended over a dozen appeals, and have successfully filed over a hundred uncontested divorce cases.

I believe that attorney fees in New York State, and particularly in New York City, have become way too high.

I charge only $200 an hour for all Family Court cases, including child support, child custody cases, and all Family Court appeals.

Like all reputable attorneys, I do require an up front retainer fee for all contested cases.

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The amount of this retainer depends on a number of things, including the type of case, the complexity and difficulty of the case, whether the issues of law are simple or complex, and who the adversary is.

I consider my word, my integrity, and my reputation as my most important assets.

My law practice enjoys a rating of A+ with the Better Business Bureau, and I myself enjoy the highest rating of “10-Superb” with AVVO, the most well known attorney rating service.

I offer a free initial telephone or skype consultation on all cases except for contested divorces. Contact me today at (347) 461-0760. For New Jersey cases I recommend https://thecarlinlawgroup.com. I also build and optimize websites like this martial arts site.

Experienced family lawyer-over 500 Family Court trials

At the present time, my practice focuses on Family Law Matters. Family Law is a specialty practice which includes:

  • Divorce
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Paternity
  • Orders of protection (domestic violence cases)

(if a child is involved, he case usually is considered to be a family law case). In New York State, except for Divorce cases, which are only heard in the Supreme Court, the majority of these cases are heard in the Family Court

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Child support cases

Child Support cases in New York can be very tricky and complicated.

Unless you are a w-2 wage earner with a full time job and no overtime, you likely need legal advice and legal assistance from an experienced family law attorney for your child support case.

Even then, if your income is either high or very low, you may still need legal help.

What is frustrating for me about child support cases is that the client often thinks he or she can do a child support case themselves, and only contacts me to ask me for help after the trial is over.

I have found that when the petitioner (usually the mother) does not have an attorney the support magistrate may sometimes, but not always, help her with her case, but support magistrates rarely help a respondent (usually the father) without a lawyer, especially when the respondent is trying to reduce a prior child support order.

While it is sometimes possible to fix a botched child support trial, it is almost always very difficult to do so.

After having years of family law and litigation experience, I have come to be known as one of the experts in all types of New York child support cases, including interstate cases and high net worth cases. Call me today at (347) 461-0760

The New York State family court

The New York Family Court is unique in that it has its own customs, practices, and procedures.

While most people believe that the law is the law no matter what type of case, there are special statutes that govern Family Law cases, and over the years a whole body of case law has evolved in New York which apply the law differently to Family Court cases, especially when a child is involved.

When the welfare and/or custody of a child is at stake, the court usually take a much more active role than it does in other types of cases not involving a child or children.

The court may order investigations by the City Child Welfare Agency, may interview the child or children in chambers, and may refuse to sign off on settlements that it believes is not in the best interests of the child or children involved. Family court cases are also different in that the court will often assign family law attorneys to a child or children.

Attorneys who believe that just because they are experienced handling other types of cases in other courts that they can serve clients well in the Family Court on a custody or child support case are usually mistaken. You would probably be better served by finding a family law attorney or family law firm with special expertise in the Family Court.

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New York uncontested divorce contact me today at (347) 461-0760

Because the only divorces that I presently handle are uncontested cases, the majority of my divorce clients are on the young side.

Most have only been married for a relatively short time, and usually have no significant issues regarding division of property, such as homes, pensions, automobiles, substantial bank accounts, etc. These clients are primarily focused on getting divorced as quickly as possible with a minimum of expense, stress, and aggravation.

However there may be some issues, such as pensions or retirement funds, that must be dealt with correctly in order to protect the client’s interests, even in uncontested divorce cases.

If your divorce involves a minor child or minor children (which includes “children” between 18 and 21), it is still possible to get a low cost uncontested divorce, provided that you and your spouse have figured out all of the issues in the divorce, including who is going to get custody of the child or children, and how much child support will be paid.

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