Bronx Child Support Lawyer
Divorce Attorney for the Bronx, New York
Under New York law, parents are required to provide financial support for their children until they are 21. Child support includes cash payments based on one's income and the needs of the child, health insurance or medical support for the child, payments for child care, and payments for health care costs that may not be covered by health insurance. It is the duty of Family Courts to determine the amount of child support payments that a noncustodial parent will be required to pay.
If you are a custodial or noncustodial parent in the Bronx with a child support issue which needs to be resolved, whether as part of a divorce, in a post-divorce situation, or as an unmarried parent in a paternity case, we recommend that you contact the child support attorney at our firm. Attorney Wayne Crowe can advise you on all of the legal aspects regarding child support in your situation and represent you in any court proceedings. Our firm focuses on family and divorce law exclusively, which means that we are current and well-versed in case law and court procedure concerning this issue.
Child Support- Get the facts!
Thousands of parents pay or receive child support across New York City, but many people are unaware of some of the basic facts of this area of family law. If you have questions about your unique situation, please do not hesitate to call our offices to discuss your case with an experienced attorney!
- Child support typically continues until the child is 21, unless the child is married, in the military, or self-supporting before they turn 21
- The parent with legal custody is able to file for child support
- If you receive a support order, you have 30 days to file an Objection with the court. The family judge will then decide what is best for the child.
One of the most common questions asked by parents is how the court determines the amount of support to be paid. The family judge will consider such factors as:
- The emotional and physical needs of the child
- The financial resources of both parents
- The child’s standard of living before the divorce
- Any special needs of the child
- Whether one parent has substantially less income than the other parent
- Whether the noncustodial parent is paying support for any other children
New York Support Guidelines
Standard guidelines are used by New York courts to determine child support payments. These guidelines are based on the adjusted gross income of the parent and the number of children involved. For those with an income exceeding $130,000 annually, the court will decide whether or not to use the guidelines and may consider additional factors in calculating child support.
New York maintains a Child Support Enforcement Program which has been established to collect and distribute support payments, enforce child support orders, and provide procedures to obtain court orders for child support. If you need help with this matter, our Bronx child support lawyer can represent you in a legal resolution to ensure that your child receives the vital financial support needed.