Syracuse Child Support Attorney
Helping your family overcome obstacles and thrive after a divorce
Following a divorce or separation, your family encounters numerous obstacles and challenges during the transition. Each parent is obligated to provide for the care, maintenance and education of the child or children. The DeRoberts Law Firm has been helping clients obtain, enforce and modify court orders for child support for more than 20 years. We stay by your through each step of the process and help you navigate the ever-changing family law system.
Who is responsible for making child support payments?
In New York, each parent is equally responsible for financially supporting their children or children. However, the non-custodial parent is typically responsible for making payments to the custodial parent. Each parent contributes to the total amount of child support based on their individual percentage of income. For instance, if the non-custodial parent makes 60% of the combined income, that parent will be required to pay 60% of the appropriate child support amount as calculated by the court.
Child support amounts vary depending upon your own personal circumstances
In New York, child support payments are calculated using the Income Shares Model. The standard support amounts are based on the number of children involved and the combined gross income of the parents. The guidelines for support are:
- One child – 17 %
- Two children – 25%
- Three children – 29%
- Four children – 31%
- Five or more children – no less than 35%
When establishing a support order, the court presumes that the guidelines reflect the appropriate amount. However, in many cases the court also considers several other factors that impact how much support may be warranted in your specific case. These factors are:
- Each parent’s financial assets and resources as well as the child’s financial resources
- The child’s physical and emotional and mental health and needs
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage or relationship survived
- Each parent’s tax consequences
- Each parent’s non-monetary contribution to the well-being and care of the child
- Either parent’s educational needs
- Each parent’s respective contribution to the combined gross income
- The needs of any other children not subject to the instant support order
- Any other factors deemed relevant by the court
In the event that either parent experiences a substantial and material change in circumstances, the court may modify an existing support order. Syracuse attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts has extensive experience working through all stages of the child support process.
Your most trusted child support attorney in the Syracuse, New York area
At DeRoberts Law Firm, we work with all parties involved to negotiate and create a practical plan that works for your family and fulfills your child’s best interests. We offer flexible office hours at our Syracuse location and your first consultation is free.