Dedicated Child Support Lawyer at Your Assistance in Southern Adirondacks, Saratoga, Capitol Region, and North Country
Child support must be discussed at some point in a child custody hearing. The custody in itself is often a larger part of a divorce proceeding, so the amount of stress can be immense. A child support lawyer can make this difficult process more manageable. At Wood, Seward, & McGuire LLP, we assist our clients in determining a support amount that’s fair and based on an objective formula.
Determining Child Support Payment
Child support may be settled out of court through mediation or as part of a separation agreement. If both parties can’t come to an agreement, then that’s when the courts get involved. New York follows the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA). This includes a formula for determining child support payments the non-custodial parent pays to the custodial parent. The formula is quite complex, but the short version is to determine each parents’ income, calculate the combined income, and multiply it by a pre-set percentage based on the number of children.
Can I Do the Calculations Myself?
It’s not as simple as just using the CSSA formula and plugging in some numbers to determine your support amount. There are multiple “what if…” scenarios that may complicate the formula. For example, there may be discretionary expenses (i.e., private school tuition fees) that the court may have to determine whether it should be factored into the support. Other factors may include existing child support for children from prior relationships, or the amount of time the child stays with the custodial parent versus the non-custodial parent.
Due to the array of factors that can complicate the formula, you need a child support lawyer as your acting legal representation whether you’re the custodial or non-custodial parent.
Get Immediate Guidance from a Child Support Lawyer in Southern Adirondacks Today
In family law matters, our first and foremost concern is the children’s well-being. At Wood, Seward, & McGuire LLP, it’s our mission to ensure the children involved remain physically, emotionally, and financially supported. It’s also our job to ensure you receive or pay child support in an amount that’s fair and reasonable and not based on arbitrary factors or because your former spouse has a personal score to settle. Contact us today and allow our child support lawyer to be your voice and legal support.
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