Many clients who come to see me want to know if they’ll have to pay child support or they’re worried that they won’t get child support. I assure them that in all cases, they’re going to have to pay or will receive child support. New York states that both parents are responsible for supporting their children. New York has special guidelines – the Child Support Guidelines – that determine, based upon how many children there are and how much income is in the family, what the child support should be. You have the ability to agree to pay a different sum, but at least you know the sum that New York feels you should pay. If you don’t pay that child support, you’re going to be brought up in Family Court by the Support Collection Unit and they will make sure that you pay. The receiving party doesn’t have to worry about getting their child support. The guidelines will help determine the paying party’s obligation.
Leslye M. Schlesinger serves Rockland and Westchester County with compassion and integrity. With over 30 years of experience guiding clients through matrimony law, she now focuses on helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need an effective and committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.