Christopher B. Kleister  Attorney and Jennifer L. McCarthy  Paralegal
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Orange County Family Law Attorney

Goshen Divorce Lawyer

Our New York legal team provides comprehensive family law representation. Our team comprises Washingtonville attorney Christopher Kleister and paralegal Jennifer L. McCarthy, who understand the significant emotional and financial hardships associated with divorce and other complicated matters. We have helped navigate countless individuals through the family court system. We are committed to helping you obtain a resolution tailored to your needs.

We are in your corner — every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your complex legal issue. Our Orange County family law lawyer can be reached at 845-827-1909.

Extensive Representation

At The Kleister Law Group, we are a full-service law firm. With nearly 20 years of combined experience, we have handled a wide range of issues. Our legal team has experience in handling:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Adoptions
  • Paternity
  • Name changes
  • Children’s rights
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • CPS cases
  • Emancipation
  • Willfulness hearings
  • Neglect/abuse
  • Orders of protection
  • Guardianships
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Post judgment/court order modifications

Child Custody and Support Issues

New York courts follow the best interest of the children standard for child custody and support matters. The court weighs several factors when determining custody, and then bases its decision on the best interest of each child. The usual custody arrangement is joint legal custody, in which both parents have the authority to make decisions about a child’s education, religion and medical treatment. The court also designates one parent as the custodial parent, meaning the children live with that parent. The other parent is given visitation rights.

We understand that some circumstances and issues may contribute to the court granting sole custody to one parent. We have experience handling cases involving neglect and abuse, drug addiction and other serious issues that would affect the welfare of the children.

Support is based on a formula governed by the Child Support Standards Act. The court evaluates many issues when handling child support. We will evaluate your situation from every angle to provide you with a clear idea as to your obligation or possible support. Our experience includes reviewing:

  • Day care expenses
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Time spent with the children
  • Health insurance
  • Medical/dental co-pays

Contact Us Today

We are available to discuss your complex legal issue at 845-827-1909. For your convenience, you may also e-mail us. We proudly represent current and former members of the military at a discounted rate, as well as current and former members of the NYPD and FDNY. We also welcome and gladly accept PBA vouchers, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Personal Checks and Paypal.

Payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis depending upon the nature of the case. We are centrally located in Orange County, New York. We are close to I-84, I-87 (NYS Thruway) and Route 17. Our office is located near the Brotherhood Winery, is handicap accessible and offers easy parking options.


America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2019
10 Best | 2016-2018 | 3 Years | Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys TM
10 Best | 2018 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys TM
Member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce
2016 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2017 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2018 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
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The Kleister Law Group

The Kleister Law Group
85 East Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845-827-1909
Fax: 845-496-1272