Child Support Lawyer in Westchester County
Experienced Help from Our Divorce Attorneys
While child support is often calculated through a predetermined percentage,
there is much that a lawyer can do to help you reach a child support amount
that is best for you and your child. With experience and knowledge regarding
New York child support law, an experienced
divorce lawyer may be able to influence what percentage is enforced for your NY
child support case.
Contact a Westchester County divorce lawyer today if you are getting a
separation agreement and need to resolve any child support matters. Our team of
family law attorneys has
more than 35 years of legal experience and is fully committed to providing exceptional representation through
the life of your case. We represent clients throughout Westchester County,
New York, so call today to discuss how our team can help.
Protecting the Best Interests of Your Children & Your Wallet
Child support amounts vary depending upon the jurisdiction, as well as
the details of each particular case. Generally speaking, the court will
use a predetermined percentage in order to calculate the amount of child
support to be paid by the non-custodial parent. While there are often
set percentages for cases involving a combined parental income of below
$136,000, percentages may also apply in cases involving higher income.
Combined parental income is determined by taking the parents' income
from their most recent income tax return and then deducting certain required
items, including social security and New York City tax, if applicable.
In general, the child support percentage then calculated will vary depending
upon the number of children, as well as the jurisdiction.
Modifying Child Support
What happens if circumstances change and you can no longer afford to pay
child support? What if you believe that your child should be receiving
more support from the paying parent? In these situations, you may qualify
to have your child support order modified by a family law judge.
Modifications can only be made if the petitioning party can prove that there has been
a "substantial change in circumstances." Examples include, but
are not limited to:
- Loss of employment for either parent
- A significant reduction of income for either parent
- Illness or disability of the paying parent
- A change in the child's medical needs
- A change in the child's place of residence (that affects support)
Child support orders will only be modified if the family law judge agrees
that the change is in the child or children's best interests. Make
sure you have a skilled Westchester County family lawyer on your side
if you need to have your support order modified.
Divorce Attorney Serving Westchester County, NY
With our extensive legal experience and familiarity with Westchester County
child custody matters in particular, we are more than qualified to help
you with your legal matter. At our firm, we understand just how important
this matter is to you and to your children. As such, we will fight to
assert your rights every step of the way.
Do you need legal assistance with a child support matter?
Contact a Westchester County child support attorney today at (914) 873-4410!