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Helping New York Parents Understand And Handle Child Support

Parents must financially support their children until they become legal adults – even when they’re no longer together. Divorced parents typically meet these financial obligations through child support. Many factors can determine which parent pays child support, how much they pay and for how long. Reaching an agreement on these matters can require help from experienced legal professionals.

The lawyers at Fersch LLC can help advocate for parents and their children’s best interests when it comes to paying or receiving child support payments.

How Child Support Works In New York

New York follows the Child Support Standards Act to determine who pays and receives.

This is based on a basic formula that looks at the incomes of both parents to determine the contributions that they should be making toward the child’s upbringing to cover essential things such as food, clothing and shelter. In addition to this, there are add-on charges that can be included. Child care and medical expenses are two add-ons that have been established by statute. Additional add-ons such as extracurricular activities, private school, and tutoring are examples of discretionary add-ons which a judge may add to the child support arrangement.

The CSSA places a limit on the total parental income that can be considered, but child support payments may exceed this limit. Parents’ circumstances can change, which may require adjusting child support payments. We can help you make those requests for adjustments when necessary to ensure that support payments remain fair and manageable.

What If The Parents Aren’t Married?

According to New York State law, a child born to unmarried parents has no legal father. Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) is a legal process through which paternity, or legal fatherhood, can be established. If parents are not eligible for voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, they can establish paternity by filing a paternity petition in Family Court.

Feel Confident About Managing Child Support Issues

Child support can be one of the most contentious issues parents deal with in a divorce or after their relationship ends. We can help parents understand their rights and responsibilities regarding child support payments so they can allocate their resources appropriately to care for their children. Call 212-422-2660 or complete our contact form to speak with one of our New York City family law attorneys today.