Long Island Child Support Lawyer
Serving Families in New York State for 25 years
Are you facing a child support issue? Are you also going through a
divorce or a
paternity case? These matters can not only have a profound impact on your family
structure, but your children and your finances are also impacted. You
deserve experienced legal guidance from a professional who understands
the law and can help you make sound decisions based on your specific circumstances.
At Rubenfeld Law Firm, our divorce lawyer has
more than two decades of
family law experience to pour into protecting your rights.
Starting with your initial case review, we will take the time to understand
the unique nuances of your case, enabling us to craft a
personalized legal strategy. Don’t hesitate to discover what proven experience and dedication
can accomplish for you.
Call (631) 777-7200 today to schedule your consultation!
How Is Child Support Determined in New York?
Child support is decided by state guidelines described under the Child
Support Standards Act, which states that support payments are calculated
as a percentage of the adjusted gross income of the non-custodial parent.
New York law also seeks to protect the best interests of the child or
children in question. This is why the law also states that both parents
are required to share in their child's financial support to ensure that
the child is given an appropriate standard of living, as equivalent as
possible to the standards they were accustomed to before the divorce or
The appropriate standard of living is based on the combined income of both
parents, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Wages or salaries
- Workers' compensation awards
- Social Security income
- Disability benefits
- Unemployment benefits
- Veterans' benefits
The court will look at the number of children you share with your former
spouse or partner. After adding the incomes of both parents, the court
will multiply this number by a percentage based on the number of children
to come up with a basic obligation for both parents. Currently, this is
17% for one child, up to no less than 35% for five or more children.
In addition to the basic obligation, the court will consider other mitigating
factors, such as:
- The child’s standard of living pre-divorce
- Any physical or emotional special needs of the child
- Tax consequences to both spouses
- The non-financial contributions each parent provides to the child
- The educational and job training needs of either parent
- Whether one parent makes substantially more than the other
Have Child Support Questions? Our Lawyer Has Answers!
At Rubenfeld Law Firm, our Long Island child support attorney has helped
clients throughout New York with a wide range of family law, divorce,
and child support issues, delivering
ethical and responsive advocacy for more than 25 years. Whether you need to request child support payments, counter a child support
modify your child support order, our attorney is well-equipped to safeguard your rights.
Do not take chances with your child’s future,
contact us today.