Affordable Staten Island Custody Lawyer

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My name is Paul Matthews. I am a highly-rated family law attorney who has tried close to a thousand custody and visitation cases in the New York State Family Court.. My goal is to provide you with the best possible representation for your family law issues. After over 25 years in practice, I have served as  mothers’ lawyer,  fathers’ lawyer, and childrens’ lawyer, and, on occasion, grandparents’ child custody I understand the complexities of family law and the impact it has on people’s lives , and am able to guide you every step of the way.

My Family Law Services

In my trial and appellate practice, I deal with a variety of family law issues, including child custody, child support, visitation, paternity, and domestic violence. I believe that every client and every case is unique, and I strive to provide tailored solutions to each individual situation. My goal is to provide the highest level of representation and to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients.

A Word About My Fees

My fees are significantly lower than the fees charged by most child custody lawyers and family law attorneys in New York City. I currently charge $250 an hour for all Family Court cases, including appeals. I believe that legal fees have become way too high for the average person, and that it is important to provide people with high quality services at an affordable price. For the same reason, my initial consultation with you is totally free. 

Child Custody Cases In Staten Island

I fully understand that child custody cases can be emotionally charged.  Besides being a strong advocate for you in court, I want to provide you with the best possible representation in your child custody case. I will explain the best interests standard, the tender years doctrine, the difference between physical custody and legal custody, and cases involving parents against non-parents, including grandparents. I will also provide you with advice and guidance throughout the process, ensuring that your rights and interests are protected.

My Free Initial Consultation

I offer a free initial consultation to all potential clients by phone or Zoom . During this consultation, I will discuss your case, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with information on the legal process. I believe that communication is key, and we strive to keep our clients informed throughout the entire process.

My Experience And Education

I have over 25 years of experience trying cases in the New York Family Court. I am a summa cum laude law school graduate, having received numerous awards and honors for academic excellence. I am also highly rated on AVVO, the most popular lawyer rating website. I have tried over a thousand cases in the New York State Family Court, and have prosecued or defended a number of appeals on Family Court cases, As an appellate lawyer, I believe that it is essential to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in family law.


I am a lifelong New York City resident and moved to Staten Island, New York in 2022. I am easily accessible by phone, and unlike most laweyers I try to answer my own phone whenever possible, and also take calls outside of regular working hours. I do many phone and video consultations . For in person meetings I rent office space at 80 Broad Street, in lower Manhattan, just a few minutes walk from the Staten Island Ferry. I understand that family law issues can be not only stressful but also time-consuming, and I strive to make the process as easy and convenient as possible.

I am here e here to provide you with compassionate, expert, and effective representation. If you are in need of legal representation for your child custody or other family law issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at (347) 461-0760.I am here to help.

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