Child Support Advice
If you are looking for child support advice, the best person to turn to is a family law attorney. Michael Schmitt provides his input on child support scenarios.
Child Support Advice | How Long Will I Pay?
Child support in New York State is payable until a child turns 21 unless that child does something before they turn 21 that makes them emancipated. Emancipation can occur if a child joins the military or if a child becomes self-sufficient. A child becomes self-sufficient if they’re able to meet their own needs and obligations on their own.
Child Support Advice | Modifications Based on Job Loss
Sometimes after a child support order is entered, there is a change in circumstances. Those changes in circumstances can include loss of employment or a change in the custody of the child. What we can do is go back to court and get those issues readdressed. If you lose your job based on no fault of your own, you’re typically entitled to change your child support obligation. On the other hand, if you quit your job or get fired, the court generally is not going to allow you to use that as an excuse to change your child support amount. Additionally, if your income increases significantly, the other parent could take you back to court and ask for more child support.
Child Support Advice | Child Support Enforcement Unit
The child support enforcement unit is a New York State agency. It’s, in essence, a collection agency and they administer the payments and recordkeeping of the child support orders.
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Child Support Advice | Components
Child support is comprised of more than just the basic child support obligation. Parents are also obligated to pay a percentage of any uninsured medical, dental, optical, or day care expenses. What we typically do is look at what the pro rata split of the income is. How much do you make in comparison to how much your spouse makes? You then have to pay those uninsured expenses or those day care expenses based upon the differences in your income. Additionally, sometimes people have to pay for the health insurance premium. We also consider what the cost is for the health insurance and how much of that is attributable to the children.
If you need more child support advice, please don’t hesitate to call our experienced Rochester family law attorney Michael Schmitt today for a free consultation.