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Helping Families With Difficult Legal Issues

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.

Guiding Clients Through Every Aspect Of Family Law

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
  • Paternity
  • Children’s rights
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • CPS cases
  • Willfulness hearings
  • Neglect/abuse
  • Orders of protection
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Post judgment/court order modifications

Child Custody and Support Issues Can Be Complicated

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

Let Us Help You 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 and offers easy parking options.