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Child Support Attorney in Albany

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Under New York family law, both parents are responsible for supporting a child financially. While child custody, visitation, and other orders are generally in effect until the child reaches 18, parents are typically responsible for supporting their child until he or she reaches the age of 21, unless a previous agreement has been made. The parent who will pay child support, as well as the amount that must be paid, is dependent on numerous factors. No matter the situation, it’s wise to have an experienced Albany child support attorney on your side who can help you navigate the process. At Gautsche Law Group P.C., we are committed to helping our clients achieve fair child support agreements that favor the best interests of their child.

To discuss your case with an attorney, contact Gautsche Law Group P.C. at (518) 444-7026 today.

Which Parent Pays Child Support in New York?

Though many people believe that it’s the father’s responsibility to pay child support—and this can often be the case—this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Generally speaking, child support is largely dependent on child custody, as the non-custodial parent is typically responsible for providing child support to assist with the costs of raising the child. Additionally, because both parents are required to financially support their child, child support payments often depend on which parent has the higher income or higher percentage of joint income.

In fact, New York courts look at a variety of factors when determining which parent will be responsible for making child support payments, including but not limited to:

  • The ability of either parent to make payments
  • Disparities in gross income between the parents
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The physical, mental, and emotional health of the child
  • Whether or not the child has special needs
  • Non-monetary contributions made by either parent to the child’s upbringing
  • The educational level of both parents
  • Tax consequences associated with child support for both parents

When determining how much will be paid in child support, the court takes into account the income of both parents and how many children the parents are responsible for. It then uses a standard formula to calculate the amount of child support that will be paid by one parent to the other.

What if My Situation Changes?

Failing to pay child support can result in serious consequences. If you do not make court-ordered child support payments, you may be at risk of losing any professional licenses you have to temporary suspension. You may also be subject to expedited contempt proceedings and other negative consequences. Even if you believe your child support agreement is not fair or your circumstances have changed, it’s important that you continue making payments. In the meantime, contact a child support attorney in Albany who can help you understand your options or pursue a modification order.

In contrast, if the other parent of your child has failed to make mandated child support payments, our firm can help you go through the proper legal channels to take action. We are committed to fighting for the best interests of our clients and their children. We understand that every situation is unique, which is why we offer personalized, one-on-one guidance and compassionate attention as we tirelessly advocate for you.

Schedule a consultation with our Albany child support attorney today; call (518) 444-7026 to get started.

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