A Long Island Child Support Attorney You Can Trust
Helping Families With Child Support Issues Across New York for Over 25 Years
If you're looking for a Long Island child support attorney, you may also
be 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.
Family lawyer Michael Rubenfeld has
more than two decades of family law
experience protecting your rights.
Starting with your initial child support 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.
Are you facing a child support issue in New York? Our
Long Island child support lawyer is ready to represent you. Call
Rubenfeld Law Firm today at (631) 777-7200 or
contact us online to get started!
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 child 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 New York 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 fundamental 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
Start Your Legal Journey Today
The Long Island Child Support Lawyers at Rubenfeld Law Firm have 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 child support attorney is well-equipped to safeguard your rights.
Contact Rubenfeld Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with one of our Long Island child support attorneys!