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Things to know about a child support order

One of the most important aspects to consider in any divorce is what will happen with a couple’s children. It is not uncommon for parents to have questions about how child support works in their state, especially since every state treats it somewhat differently. This column will address some of the common concerns a parent in New York may have regarding a child support order.

Regardless of where one lives, a custodial parent or a legal guardian has the right to seek a child support order in family court. Modifications may also be sought by the payer or payee. As child support is often necessary for the future success of a child, this is an issue that is not taken lightly by the court or the state. In fact, if payment issues become a problem, the state has enforcement options that can be utilized.

Child support is ordered based upon the non-custodial parent’s current income. As this can change overtime, modifications from either parent may be requested. The amount ordered is also based on the number of children requiring support. The more children one has, the more he or she will have to pay.

Legal guardians and custodial or non-custodial parents in New York can get the answers to all of their questions about child support by seeking out an experienced family law attorney. Obtaining a child support order or having one modified is not necessarily easy. There are legal hoops that may need to be jumped through that one may not expect. However, with assistance, it is possible to seek an order that is appropriate for one’s familial situation.

Source: FindLaw, “Child Support Basics”, Accessed on Feb. 2, 2016

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By order of Governor Andrew Cuomo, beginning 3-22-2020, all non-essential business in New York state must close their physical offices in response to the rapid rate of positive reported cases of COVID-19 in New York State.

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