A Local Child Support Lawyer
Child support is one often of the biggest points of contention during and after divorce proceedings and separation agreements. Regardless of whether you’re the custodial or noncustodial parent, it’s important to consult a child support lawyer to help as you set the terms of the agreement, as well as to ensure the agreement is enforced.
How Child Support is Calculated
Legally, each parent has a duty to provide financially for their child’s needs. Court ordered child support ensures that the child’s needs are adequately met.
Child support in New York is calculated based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- Total income of both parents
- Child’s daycare or education expenses
- Child’s medical expenses not covered by insurance
Major Issues with Child Support
Enforcing the Agreement
It is not unusual for a noncustodial parent to default on their child support payments. This is one of the most common reasons clients seek the help of a child support lawyer, whether they’re the custodial or noncustodial parent.
Disputing Hidden Income
On occasion, one of the parents involved in a child support agreement may attempt to hide their income or assets in order to receive a more favorable child support payment. This makes the calculations much more complex and may require further legal action.
Modifying a Child Support Order
Over time, the financial situation of one or both parents involved in a child support agreement is likely to change. It may be necessary to modify an existing child support order to properly reflect the reality of the situation.