Family Law

Our team is packed with experienced attorneys who will help you navigate the difficult and confusing legal issues surrounding your case, while helping you take the best care of the ones you love.

Just as every family is different, every family law situation is unique as well.

At Nave Law, our experienced Syracuse Family Law team is here to help you navigate through the legal system, and we’ll be by your side every step of the way. We’re dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. If you have a family law related dispute, or you simply need representation to complete your adoption process, contact us today to learn how we can help!

Child Support

Following the end of a relationship or a marriage, if there are children involved, child support will come into play. This type of support involves a parent paying a specific percentage as defined by New York State law to support the child—or children—shared between the two individuals ending their relationship or marriage. Having a family law attorney in Syracuse, NY can help if you need to modify the amount of your payment, or if a parent is refusing to make payments. The team at Nave is experienced in child support litigation and will provide support and guidance every step of the way.


Whether you’re fighting for the custody of your child, or negotiating visitation rights, having an experienced family law attorney in your corner can help you resolve these stressful disputes. At Nave Law, our team will be by your side, answering any questions you may have, and offering legal counsel throughout the entire process. We work efficiently to minimize the emotional toll on you and your family as much as possible.


Adoption is a legal process. Having a family law attorney to represent you and your family will help ensure that this process goes smoothly. An attorney is also a must for the parent-child relationship to be recognized through the court. In New York State, if you are adopting a child, you must be Pre-Certified through your local court before taking official custody. Our experienced family lawyers at Nave Law treat every case with compassion, and will guide you through the necessary legal processes.

frequently asked questions

Family law is a branch of law that deals with legal issues related to families, such as divorce, child custody, child support, and domestic violence.

There are many different types of family law cases, but some of the most common include:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Domestic violence
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Spousal support
  • Visitation

There are many ways to find a family law lawyer. You can ask for referrals from friends, family, or colleagues. You can also search online or contact your local bar association.

The cost of hiring a family law lawyer can vary depending on the complexity of your case and the experience of the lawyer. In general, you can expect to pay between $250 and $500 per hour for legal services.

The steps involved in a family law case can vary depending on the type of case. However, some of the most common steps include:

  • Filing a petition with the court
  • Serving the other party with the petition
  • Attending a hearing
  • Negotiating a settlement
  • Going to trial

The factors that a court considers when making a decision about child custody include:

  • The wishes of the child
  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the child’s physical and emotional needs
  • The stability of each parent’s home environment
  • The child’s age and developmental stage

The factors that a court considers when making a decision about child support include:

  • The income of each parent
  • The needs of the child
  • The cost of living
  • The standard of living that the child enjoyed before the separation

There are two main types of child support orders:

  • Straight support orders: These orders require the paying parent to pay a set amount of money to the receiving parent each month.
  • Income-based support orders: These orders are based on the income of both parents. The amount of support that is paid is determined by a formula that is set by the court.

The consequences of not paying child support can be severe. In some cases, the paying parent may be held in contempt of court. This can result in fines, jail time, or both. The paying parent may also have their wages garnished or their driver’s license suspended.

There are many resources available to help you with your family law case. Some of these resources include:

  • Your local bar association
  • Legal aid organizations
  • The court system
  • Mediation services
  • Counseling services
  • If you are facing a family law matter, it is important to seek legal advice. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you in court.

Here at Nave Law Firm, we base our firm around our five main principles.

Those are integrity, quality, service, excellence, and entrepreneurialism. Our staff strives to get to know our clients and their goals and work tirelessly to achieve the best results possible. This is because we believe that our clients’ needs should act as our compass. As a result, maintaining great relationships is very important to us.

Specifically in regards to family cases, we know how delicate situations can be and how the results can change our clients’ lives. Our team is packed with experienced attorneys who will help you navigate the difficult and confusing legal issues surrounding your case, while helping you take the best care of the ones you love. Interested in getting help for your case? Whether it is related to child support, custody, adoption, or other family law related issues, the staff at Nave Law Firm is here to help.

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