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Divorce is difficult enough without having to worry about how you will support and care for your children. The fact that you and your spouse are no longer together does not change the parental obligation to the support and welfare of your minor children.
When you and your spouse decide to dissolve your marriage and you have children, support determination will be part of the divorce settlement process. At the Brooklyn Law Offices of Mary Grace Condello, we ensure that the child support amount meets the needs of your children.
New York Child Support Guidelines
New York State has child support guidelines the courts use to determine the amount and frequency of child support payments the non-custodial parent is required to pay.
The guidelines provide a formula that takes income, number of children and needs into account, among other factors, and seeks to determine the portion of income that would have been spent to support the child or children if a divorce had not occurred. While child support guidelines are not an exact science, they are meant to be fair and just and, provide for a minor child or children who are innocent victims in a divorce.
Other factors may be involved in support, such as special circumstances where it can be argued that more or less child support should be ordered. A special needs child, for example, may require a larger support amount to meet educational and/or medical requirements than a child who does not have special needs.
Court Ordered Support Modifications
After court orders are issued, income, employment and living situations often change. As a non-custodial parent who pays child support, if you lose your job, have a decrease in income, or become ill and are not able to work, is important to seek a modification from the court. Until you obtain support modification, you are still obligated under New York child support law to pay the established child support payments. If you do not meet the court ordered payments, you could find yourself in legal trouble.
Contact the Brooklyn or Long Island Law Offices of Mary Grace Condello for a Confidential Consultation
Children should not suffer if their parents have difficulties with child custody or support issues and need to modify existing court orders. Contact the Law Offices of Mary Grace Condello at (718) 259-4500 to arrange a private consultation. Discuss your situation with a family law attorney and find out how she can help you.