Child Support Lawyers in Queens
Upholding the Best Interests of Your Child
Young children deserve to have good health care, a safe place to live, the school supplies they need, and new clothes as they grow. When a child's parents are no longer together, child support ensures that these needs are fulfilled. In New York, the parent who lives with the child most of the time—known as the custodial parent—is usually entitled to child support.
Our legal professionals at Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys are strong advocates for parents who expect to receive child support as well as for those who expect to pay child support. We have the experience and knowledge to protect and uphold your child's best interests, whether you are going through a divorce or have separated from a partner.
How Do Courts Calculate Child Support?
In New York, a specific formula determines the amount of child support the noncustodial parent will be ordered to pay.
The calculation takes into consideration several factors, including:
- Each parent's income
- Your child custody arrangement
- Childcare expenses
- Other children involved
It is important that your order of support be established correctly the first time. Trying to fix problems later on is not only difficult—it’s expensive. Our lawyers have extensive experience establishing orders of support that are enforceable and fair. We can help you prevent costly problems from occurring down the road.
How Can I Modify a Child Support Order?
It is possible to modify an order of support, but it must be done legally and with the approval of a judge. Our child support attorneys can help you determine if your order should be modified and walk you through the process.
There are several reasons to modify an order of support. A change in your custody arrangement can affect child support. For example, if your child was living with your ex most of the time, but now you split custody equally, the child support you are paying should be reduced. A major change in the paying parent's income—whether an increase or decrease—may also be reason to adjust an order of support.