When a couple gets divorced and they have one or more children together, they will have to determine a child custody arrangement and a child support system. The non-custodial spouse is often required to make child support payments that are calculated based on the net income of both parents. The custodial spouse gets to collect monthly child support payments and use the money to pay for the food, clothing, and other necessary requirements for the children that they have together. There are a number of various resources for parents whether they are required to make child support payments or if they are the parent that receives child support payments.
New York State has established a number of resources that ensures the non-custodial parent is making the payments they are required to and that the payments received are being used for the correct reasons. The state’s Child Support Enforcement Program provides parents with assistance in a number of situations, including locating a parent, enforcing that child support payments are being made, filing petitions for support modification, establishing paternity, collecting child support payments, and more. If a parent that is required to make child support payments fails to do so, the Child Support Enforcement Program can take both administrative measures by withholding income or court measures that can ultimately result in jail time or a probationary period. In addition, if the non-custodial parent has health insurance benefits, the Enforcement Program can assist in filing a petition to make sure your child obtains health coverage.
If you are having problems with a child support arrangement, you may want to consult with an experienced family law attorney as well as New York State’s Child Support Enforcement Program to find the best possible solution.
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