Questions About Child Support In New York? I Have Answers
As you pursue your rights, we hope you find this child support FAQ useful. When you are ready to discuss your specific needs with an experienced family law attorney, turn to the law office of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., in Williamsville, New York.
I am family law attorney Keith Schulefand and have been helping mothers and fathers find solutions in the greater Buffalo area for more than 30 years.
How is child support calculated?
Child support is calculated primarily by looking at the incomes and income differential of the parents, as well as the child custody arrangement. Unfortunately, New York’s guidelines are outdated, with calculations only going up to $80,000 in combined income. That is why it is so important to have an attorney to negotiate a fair outcome.
If it is calculated according to statute, do I really need an attorney?
You’re not required to have an attorney, but it is highly recommended. Garbage in = garbage out definitely applies to child support. You need someone on your side who understands what to look for in these cases in order to make sure the outcome is an accurate reflection of both parties’ financial standing. Hidden assets and “under-the-table” employment are commonly used to skew the results. You need someone who can prevent this.
My child’s other parent is not paying. What can I do?
Post-decree enforcement can be sought in child support. If you are not being paid what you are owed, I can assist you in bringing a case forward for receiving back child support.
I lost my job and cannot afford child support payments. Can you help me?
Child support agreements can be modified when there is a substantial change in circumstances. This includes lowering payments when someone has lost his or her income, or increasing payments when someone gets a more lucrative job. I know how to modify child support and can help you every step of the way.
I’m paying for my child’s room and board at college. Should this reduce my support payments?
Maybe. There are a number of factors at play but, in general, expenditures toward a college education could result in modification of your existing child support order. Learn more about child support and college tuition.