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Posted by a Child Support client, Flag
My ex-wife brought a lawsuit against me in NY Family Court claiming that I am the father of her daughter. I know that I am not the father, but with ambiguities of NY Law in this area, this can be difficult to prove. Judging by the birth date of her daughter, the child had been conceived during the final days of our marriage, but was born after the divorce. New York has a "presumption of legitimacy" rule that says that a child born to a married woman is presumed to be the legitimate child of that marriage. This implies that the husband is the father whether or not he is the biological father.
My ex-wife was attempting to collect child support from me even though I am not the biological father and she was not offering DNA evidence to prove paternity.
Before finding Mary Katherine via this site, AVVO, I had hired another attorney to defend me. The other attorney was not providing a strong defense and it appeared that I could lose my case. The other attorney said that we might not be able to get the Court to order a DNA test to prove my innocence because of the presumption of legitimacy rule and equitable estoppel rule.
During my initial consultation with Mary Katherine, she told me that there were ways we could approach my case that would prevent my ex-wife from fraudulently collecting child support from me. I fired the other attorney and hired Mary Katherine.
Once I hired Mary Katherine to defend my case, things went much more smoothly. She is very knowledgeable in this area and put together a very strong case for me. She reassured me that I would not lose my case due to presumption of legitimacy and that my ex-wife would have to prove paternity by DNA before she could collect money from me. I had been losing a lot of sleep over this because it was another way my ex-wife could continue to harass me even after the divorce had been finalized. With Mary Katherine on my side, I could rest assured that my case was being handled with the maximum protections of the law being applied to my side.
Mary Katherine maintained good attorney-client communications. She kept me updated at every step of the way and always returned my calls promptly. This case had made me an emotional wreck and she was able to reassure me with her confidence and knowledge of the nuances of the law. Mary Katherine was always on time for court appearances and dealt with the opposing attorneys and the court magistrate in a strong and professional manner.
Mary Katherine made such a strong case to the court that my ex-wife finally dropped the case.
I could not have achieved this favorable result without Mary Katherine.
I strongly recommend Mary Katherine for all Family Court matters.
Posted by Clark, a Divorce client, Flag
Atty. Mary Katherine represents the best NYC has to offer in collaborative law. She has empowered and enabled me and my former spouse to forge transitional support agreement that worked for both of us and our daughter. In so doing, we have been able to avoid the monetary and emotional costs of a long court dispute. Her client centered approach has enabled me to make good choices about other legal matters that I have consulted her on.
Law often mystifies disputes resolution and sadly alienates the parties concerned, forcing the parties to a conflict to rely on their lawyers to help them navigate through expensive and soul-draining litigation. Mary Katherine, however, has given the power back to her client, as it should be.
My true wish is that the number of lawyers with Mary Katherine's vision and skills increase and prosper.
Posted by Beth, a Child Support client, Flag
Mary Katherine Brown is an astute and creative attorney with a keen understanding of the law. It makes her a fantastic strategist. She took a long standing, very difficult situation, and made it palatable for me. She did for me what I could not accomplish alone in 7 very long years. She even made me smile while she did it. Finally, a little bit of justice! She's willing to pack a punch, but instead she cleverly painted my opponent into a corner, until they had no choice but to say "Yes." She was compassionate to all parties and looked for fair and realistic solutions that protected my position within the court. She made me, and my case, a lot stronger. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by a client, Flag
She has tremendously helped with my situation, i would definately recommend her!
Posted by MiguelFlores, Flag
thank you so much Mary i was so stressed out not knowing what to do you came and answered my questions really fast i thank you so much i hope it works out soon and they find out the truth about this guy once again thank you for your help.
Posted by Suzana, a Child Support client, Flag
Ms. Brown is a great professional in every regard. From the time I spoke to her, I felt more secure and calm about my case. She is so responsive and very understanding. She is honest with you and always on your side.I am truly impressed by her kindness and level of professionalism and will recommend her to everyone.
Thank you very much for all your help.
Posted by EdenMay18, a Divorce client, Flag
Ms. Brown was a great help. She assisted me with my matrimonial matter and provided me with clear information that allowed me to make decisions that resulted in quick and civilized resolutions.
Posted by Roxanne, a Fraud client, Flag
My Boyfriend's Father came into the States and was arrested practically the moment he got off the plane. I went to his court appearance that was scheduled for the day after he was arrested, I wasn't given a specific court house to go to so I ran around all different buildings and until I was finally directed to the right one. Once there I spoke to Mary who explained to me the most important thing was to write everything down because I would not be able to remember it later, I wrote everything I could down. For days we had no contact, no idea how to handle this situation at hand. Lucky for us Mary offered her help, she assisted us in speaking to my Boyfriend's father and figuring out what needed to be done. She then found us a lawyer in Texas where he would ultimately be sent. Currently we are still waiting on the total outcome, however without Mary's help things would not have gone quite as smoothly, nor would we have had such a great lawyer recommended to us without her help. Mary was a complete godsend during this crisis, she not only helped keep our minds at ease but also kept us completely aware of what was going on and what needed to be done, and the best thing to be done.