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Child custody pertains to where a child will live and how they are raised by one or both parents. Child support is the weekly, b-weekly or monthly payment one parent send to the other to support their child. Typically, before either issue can be settled, paternity must be established. In brooklyn, paternity law is outlined in New York FCT 515.-a.

Establishing Paternity in Brooklyn

New York automatically assumes the man married to mother at the time a baby is born is the father. This may not be the case. An unwed mother may tell a father he is the biological father, but he is not. The state allows an individual to establish paternity in one of two ways. The father can sign an acknowledgment of paternity at the time of the baby’s birth. The other option is to file a petition to establish paternity. The petition may lead to an Order of Filiation by the court. This is after the alleged father was proven to be the biological father.

The petition can be filed by the:

• Baby’s mother
• Alleged father
• Child’s guardian, individual in a parental role or next of kin
• Child
• Representative of a philanthropic society or charitable organization
• Representative of a public welfare agency

The Paternity Petition is to Start the Hearing Process in brooklyn

In brooklyn, a paternity petition filed with the court starts the fact-finding process. A hearing is scheduled. In the hearing, evidence is heard from each side regarding the child true paternity. Before or after the initial hearing, the baby and father will undergo DNA or blood testing. If the man admits to fathering the child, the DNA testing may not be necessary.

However, the DNA or blood test results are read at the hearing. Paternity will be determined at that time. If the man is determined not to be the father, he will not be responsible for child support. If he is determined to be the child’s father, paternity is established.
Acknowledgement of Paternity May be Rescinded in brooklyn

In brooklyn, a man has the right to vacate or rescind acknowledgement of paternity. It must be done within 60 days of signing the document. In addition, a man can challenge the acknowledgement of paternity after that 60-day period. However, they must have a valid, legal reason as proof they are not the father such as:

• Mistake of fact: The alleged father mistakenly assumed he fathered the child
• Duress: The alleged father was pressured into signing the acknowledgement of paternity
• Fraud: The alleged father signed the acknowledgement because he was told by the mother that he was the father. Later, the mother admitted she purposely lied.

Child Custody and Child Support In brooklyn

After paternity is established, the father can seek child custody rights. Child custody is separated into two areas: legal and physical child custody. Legal custody is the right to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing. Physical child custody is the right to have the child live with the parent.

A parent may choose to seek sole or joint legal and physical child custody. Sole legal custody means only one parent has the right to make important decisions about the child. Joint legal custody gives both parents the legal right to make decisions. Sole physical custody allows the child to live with one parent. Joint physical custody allows the child to live with both parents according to a schedule.

Child support is also determined. Whether child support is awarded typically depends on the physical custody arrangements.

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Can an out of state divorce be enforced?

When a divorced person has moved to a different state they may often wonder whether their divorce may be enforced in that state. Because people often relocate to different states, the law allows people to take action to enforce a divorce judgment entered in a different state. There are specific procedures that must be followed in order to successfully enforce an out of state divorce judgment. If you wish to do this, you should consult with a divorce attorney who is licensed in the state where you wish to enforce the divorce judgment.

Each state has its own laws and procedures that must be followed to enforce an out of state divorce judgment. It is crucial that you follow the appropriate laws and procedures, otherwise the out-of-state judgment cannot be properly enforced in your state. Most states have specific laws that detail what documents must be provided, any notice requirements to the other party, filing fees, and other requirements that must first be satisfied. A divorce attorney will be well familiar with the process and can assist you with taking the proper actions.

Many states will require you to obtain a copy of the divorce judgment that is certified or otherwise authenticated by the court that initially entered the divorce judgment. Because of this, you will most likely need to contact the court where the divorce was entered, request a copy the divorce papers and have them certified. Typically there is a fee to receive certified copies of the paperwork.

After you have obtained a certified copy of the divorce papers, you will need to follow the procedures to have the divorce papers registered in the state where you wish to enforce the judgment. Some states may require that notice be given to the other party so they are aware that you are taking action to enforce the divorce in a different state.

There are many reasons why you may need to register an out-of-state divorce in a different state. Some examples may include enforcement of a child custody schedule, collection of child support or alimony, action to recover property awarded in a divorce, and action to modify child custody when jurisdiction has been established in another state.

Most states have adopted laws to recognize out-of-state judgments that have been properly registered. In matters of child custody and child support comma Most states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which sets forth rules for child custody matters and makes the laws similar between most states. Child custody orders are some of the most common out of state divorce judgments that are registered in other states. In many cases, the parents and children no longer reside in the state where the divorce was initially entered, so it becomes necessary to have the divorce registered in the new state so that it may be properly enforced or possibly modified when circumstances change.

If you have a divorce that was entered in one state and needs to take action in a different state to enforce the divorce papers or otherwise pursue action related to the divorce, you should seek out a divorce attorney for legal advice. A divorce attorney will be able to explain the various options and will ensure that you comply with all legal requirements to register an out-of-state judgment. An experienced divorce attorney will also be able to help you make informed decisions about what action should be taken and what the possible outcomes may be.

Contact a divorce attorney if you have questions about an out of state divorce or general questions about divorce comma custody comma or child support issues.

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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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