In divorces and custody battles, one big thing that often comes up is child support. If you are currently involved in a legal matter regarding your child or children, you could be wondering what your rights are in regards to child support. Fortunately, this is something that an attorney from our experienced team of family law lawyers can assist you with.
The general definition is child support is an ongoing payment that is made in order to pay for the financial support of a person’s children. Both men and women are expected to pay child support, despite the myth that this is something that is only a man’s responsibility. In general, if you are the person who has custody of the child, you should be the one receiving child support payments. If you are a parent who does not have custody of your children, then you should be making child support payments to the custodial parent. Of course, every situation is different, so if you want to ensure that your child support case is being handled the right way, you’ll probably want to meet with a lawyer who can guide you through the system and help you ensure that your rights are being respected.
Child Support Laws in New York
In New York State, child support can be paid in several different ways. Not only are non-custodial parents generally expected to make cash payments to help provide support for their children, but they may also be required to provide health insurance, payments to help cover the cost of child care and payments to help cover medical-related expenses. The family court will determine how much child support and what types of child support you will be expected to pay. Since circumstances can and often do change throughout the course of a child’s childhood, you may have to return to court at some point or another so that adjustments can be made to the child support order.
How an Attorney Can Help You
If you are the custodial parent of your child and if you have not been receiving child support, then you might have found that providing ample support for your child is difficult or impossible. This may also be the case if you are receiving child support payments but if you do not feel that they are sufficient. Luckily for you, the law is on your side. However, it can be challenging to handle matters of child support on your own, particularly if you do not have any experience with the legal system and matters of family law. Fortunately, one of our attorneys can work with you to help you get the child support that you are entitled to.
On the flip side, if you are a non-custodial parent, you should know that you have rights as well. Even though the law states that you are required to pay child support to help provide financial support for your children, you should only be required to pay a reasonable amount. If you have been having trouble making your child support payments and are facing legal issues because of it, we can help. We can also help you if you feel that your child support payments are too high.
In either situation, you can call us to set up a consultation. Someone from our experienced legal team will sit down to talk to you about your situation. Then, we can help you ensure that your family law court case is being handled in a fair and just way. Along with helping with child support, one of our experienced attorneys can help with other matters related to your children as well, such as child custody. We also help individuals with divorces, alimony cases and other cases related to family law.