Nyack, New York Child Support Lawyer

Nyack NY child support attorneys

Paternity and Child Support in Rockland County

When child support issues arise in a divorce or between unmarried parents, both parents may have serious concerns about the impact of child support on their monthly financial obligations and long-term financial security. If you are the custodial parent, failure of the obligated parent to make timely payments can impede your ability to provide for your children’s needs. When a child support order is excessive, the paying parent might find it difficult to support a new family.

Forms of Child Support in New York

Rockland County child support attorney Robert S. Lewis represents both recipients and paying parents in paternity actions, divorces, child support modifications and enforcement proceedings. If your children do not live with you, the judge can order you to pay child support to the custodial parent. Under New York child support law, parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children until their kids reach the age of 21. Child support includes cash payments based on the income of the parents and the needs of the children. There are other forms of child support that might be ordered, such as:

  • Health insurance coverage;
  • Child care expenses;
  • Costs related to educational expenses;
  • Extra-curricular activity costs;
  • Payments for uninsured medical expenses; and
  • Calculation of cash payments.

If child support is at issue in a paternity action or divorce, both parent must prepare and submit a Statement of Net Worth. The information provided in these forms includes the parents’ income, expenses, assets and debts. This financial disclosure is used by the court to calculate each parent’s net income. The combined income of both parents is multiplied by a percentage determined by the number of children:

  • One child 17 percent;
  • Two children 25 percent;
  • Three children 29 percent;
  • Four children 31 percent; and
  • Give or more children 35 percent or higher.

The amount indicated based on this calculation is divided based on the proportion of each parent’s net income to the parties’ combined net income. The resulting amount constitutes the child support payment of the non-custodial parent.

Modification or Support of Child Support

Once child support has been established, the amount can be modified based on changed circumstances like a change in custody or the income of either party. Nyack, NY child support attorney Robert S. Lewis represents parents in both child support modification and child support enforcement cases.

Whether you are involved in a divorce or paternity case in Rockland County, we can make sure that your rights are protected in terms of child support orders. We invite you to contact the Law Offices of Robert S. Lewis, P.C. at 845-358-7100 for assistance today. Se habla Español.