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Frequently Asked Child Support Questions in New York

Top New York child support attorney provides you with the answers you need to make the best decisions for your family

Child support cases can be confusing and time-consuming. At DeRoberts Law Firm, family law attorney Jeff DeRoberts and our team understands that each client has specific needs and we’re dedicated to helping your family overcome any and all challenges. Child support needs vary from family to family and here you’ll find answers to some common questions that will help you understand what to expect as your case moves through the legal system.

  • Who is entitled to receive child support?
  • How long will I be required to pay child support?
  • What does child support cover?
  • How is child support calculated?
  • What can I do if my ex stops making child support payments?

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If you need help establishing or enforcing a child support order, the team at DeRoberts Law Firm is here to help. We provide the emotional support and legal knowledge you need to secure your child’s well-being. Our office is conveniently located in Syracuse and we serve clients throughout all of Central New York State.

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Who is entitled to receive child support?

Any person acting as a caregiver for a child under the age of 21 may apply for child support. This includes both parents and non-parents such as grandparents. In most cases the custodial parent or guardian receives support payments from the non-custodial parent.

How long will I be required to pay child support?

Under New York State law, support continues until the child reaches the age of 21. If the child becomes emancipated or financially self-supporting, gets married or enters the military prior to 21, you may be able to petition the court for termination of a support obligation.

What does child support cover?

Child support provides financial stability for a child in the form of cash payments, health insurance, child care, day-to-day living expenses and reasonable health care costs that are not covered by insurance.

How is child support calculated?

The Child Support Standards Act and its income guidelines govern how courts calculate appropriate child support payments. The court follows a standard system that requires a specific percentage of parental income be set aside for child support. The court may deviate from the standard guidelines in certain circumstances and the court considers numerous factors in calculating payments.

What can I do if my ex stops making child support payments?

The New York Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program was established to help parents with a variety of child support issues including establishing paternity, obtaining court orders for child support, collecting and distributing support payments and enforcing support orders. If your ex-spouse has stopped making timely payments or is paying less than the court-ordered amount, you should contact an experienced child support attorney to ensure that your case is handled efficiently.

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