Planning for Your Child’s Future
Planning for Your Child’s Future | Role of a Law Guardian
A law guardian is an attorney that represents the children. They are also referred to as an AFC or Attorney for the Children. Their role is no different from any other attorney in a case where their client is the children. They meet with the children, they talk to the children, they get a sense of what the children want out of the divorce, and they come into court and represent what they want and help them have their position heard in court.
Planning for Your Child’s Future | Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody
People who have joint custody are generally given the obligation of making decisions together on the issues that affect their children. People who have sole custody make that decision by themselves. They don’t have to talk with the other parent in order to make that decision. They can have joint custody and sole custody in any case, regardless of the amount of time that they have the children. Typically, if they have the children less than half the time, then other parent would have sole custody. If it’s a 50/50 shared residency plan, it could be a sole custody with one parent being able to make all those decisions.
Planning for Your Child’s Future | Determining Child Support
Child support in New York is based upon income and the number of children someone has. For one child, it’s 17% of adjusted gross income, for two children it’s 25% of adjusted gross income, and for three children it’s 29%. Adjusted gross income is what someone makes minus deductions for certain expenses that the court recognizes they would be allowed to deduct. Some people have multiple child support orders. Other orders are deducted from their income. What they pay for certain taxes is deducted as well.
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