Child Support

New York City Child Support Attorneys

Representing clients facing New York child support matters

In New York, parents must support their children. It is important that both parents have the ability to care for their children. When a court decides on a fair and just child custody arrangement committed to the best interests of the child, child support will likely be a factor to address. Because of this, noncustodial parents are required to pay child support in accordance with specific guidelines. As of now, New York parents are obligated to support their child until the age of emancipation. That can be at the age of 21 and, in some cases, beyond. The New York Child Support Guidelines mostly determine what is fair and just to the parents and meets the best interests of the child, focused on mitigating the impact of the divorce on every individual in the family. The Levoritz Law Group recognizes how significant this legal matter is and we work tirelessly to guide clients towards the best possible conclusion. With the experience you need and the tenacity to fight for your rights, contact The Levoritz Law Group for a consultation.

The New York Child Support Standards Act

The New York Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) works to fairly apportion the obligation of each parent to financially support their child. With the child’s best interests in mind, all parties should share the goal of maintaining the child’s quality of life and mitigating the impact of the divorce. To calculate your possible child support payments based on the CSSA click on the link below.

Calculate Your Possible Child Support

Other factors that help determine child support

There are numerous other factors that can impact the financial obligation of the parties regarding child support. The most significant matter is often the child custody structure. Because it costs more to care for the child more of the time, the non-custodial parent may have to pay more to offset the greater financial burden on the other. Other factors that can impact a child support obligation include:

  • Incomes
  • Debts and assets
  • Education of the parents
  • Tax consequences
  • Financial resource aside from income
  • Age & health of both the parents and the child
  • Academic and social life of the child
  • Any special needs of the child

When does child support end?

In New York, child support is presumed to end at the age of 21. There are some exceptions. There are numerous instances when a child has needed support past the age of 21, including engaging in higher education and special needs that limit their ability to fend for themselves. If the parents can prove that their child should be considered “emancipated” or they are financially independent over the age of 18, a court may rule in favor of terminating the obligation. For example, an 18-year-old can be deemed emancipated through the entry to the military or military academy, marriage, or as the result of gaining full-time employment.

Contact an experienced NYC child support attorney

When facing such a significant legal matter, it is important to have an effective firm on your side. The Levoritz Law Group aggressively investigates the matter, working to turn every stone in pursuit of the best possible outcome. For a New York City child support attorney ready to fight for your future and protect your rights, contact The Levoritz Law Group.