Q: What rights does a noncustodial father who has paternity of child & wants to file for child support on himself joint cus
What rights does a noncustodial father who has paternity of his child & wants to file for child support on himself to apply for joint custody, can he apply for joint custody without applying to give child support, how soon should he do this and how will it affect his income. He loves his child and wants to be apart of the childs life but he believes the mother of the baby is toxic and wants to eliminate being taken to court by her so he himself wants to do it first so he can have a system in place that she cannot alter. The child lives in Bronx County.
A: Child support is ordered at the discretion of the court in compliance with the law and after reviewing the facts on both sides. A parent can file for child custody, visitation, and child support via pleadings submitted to the court and served on the other party. The NY courts website and local law libraries can self help resources. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
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