Long Island Child Support Lawyers Advocate for Parents in Disputes
Firm with offices in Hauppauge and Garden City delivers strong counsel
Parents have a legal obligation to meet the financial needs of their sons and daughters, and a knowledgeable Long Island child support attorney can counsel you on your specific situation. From offices in Garden City and Hauppauge, Tabat, Cohen, Blum, Yovino & Diesa, PC handles a full range of New York child support issues, including the establishment of initial rates, modification requests and enforcement actions when a noncustodial parent has not made ordered payments. With more than 150 years of combined experience, you can count on us to deliver sound advice and advocacy.
Trusted attorneys detail the factors used in setting child support rates
In most cases, New York uses a formula that dictates how much child support should be provided using factors such as:
- Parental income — When calculating rates, courts take the total income earned by both parents and state what percentage of that income should go toward child support based on the number of children at issue. The share each parent must pay of the total child support is equal to that parent’s share of the combined income.
- Health insurance premiums — As health insurance premiums might be paid by either the custodial or noncustodial parent, the overall child support obligation could be raised or lowered depending on who is covering this significant cost.
- Child care costs — Day care and other child care arrangements might be a significant expense. Money that goes for this also can trigger an adjustment in child support terms.
The formula only covers combined parental income up to $154,000. When the parents make more than that, other arrangements can be made. Mediation is often a good method of resolving child support issues because it gives both parents a say in what the ultimate decision will be. In addition to cases involving income over the formula limit, a mediator might also help deal with concerns not addressed in the formula, such as disputes over funding for education and extracurricular activities.
Skillful litigators handle modification petitions if a change is warranted
Financial fortunes can change quickly, and if you think your child support order should be revised due to a shift in income, one of our Long Island divorce lawyers can help. New York permits a re-evaluation of child support terms three years after an order is entered or if a parent’s income rises or drops by at least 15 percent. We gather the relevant information to use in modification petitions to the court and also oppose such actions if the facts show that a change is not warranted.
Determined advocates handle child support enforcement actions
Various enforcement measures are used to recover past due child support. If you need a family lawyer to initiate a judicial proceeding that can lead to a retroactive money judgment for a lien against the noncustodial parent, we will outline the steps that must be taken. Our firm also counsels clients on administrative remedies such as the suspension of licenses and credit bureau. Should you believe that you’ve been unfairly accused of a failure to pay, we can assist you as well.
Contact a dedicated lawyer for assistance with a New York child support matter
With offices in Garden City and Hauppauge, Tabat, Cohen, Blum, Yovino & Diesa, PC handles initial child support proceedings, as well as modification and enforcement actions, for Long Island parents. To arrange a meeting with an experienced attorney, please call 631-587-5100 or contact us online.