Child Support Providing Guidance for You and Your Family

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.

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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 separation.

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 request, or 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.

Why Hire Rubenfeld Law Firm?

  • Cases Handled with Minimal Conflict & Stress

  • Personalized Representation & Devoted Attention

  • The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers

  • More than 25 Years of Legal Experience