Child Support Lawyers on Long Island
Protecting Your Child’s Best Interest in Queens, Nassau County & Surrounding Areas
Although you and your former spouse may agree on the importance of your child’s well-being, it may be difficult to arrive at a child support agreement that satisfies you both. That is where Lewter Law Firm, P.C. comes in.
Our Long Island child support attorneys have extensive experience guiding clients through this complex area of family law. We can help you understand and exercise your rights and ensure that your and your child’s best interests are being protected.
For reliable legal counsel from a divorce lawyer you can trust, call (516) 260-4755 now.
Understanding Child Support in New York
Under New York law, both parents are required to financially support their child until the child turns 21 years old. This includes providing adequate health insurance. Parents are freed from this legal obligation if their son or daughter who is under 21 gets married, becomes self-supporting, or enters the military.
Child support, as opposed to alimony, refers to the monthly payment that the non-custodial parent makes to the custodial parent following a divorce to help with the financial needs of the child. In New York, child support awards are calculated using the income shares model. This model intends to grant the child the same proportion of the parental income that he or she had during the parents’ marriage.
The child’s share of the combined parental income is determined by the guidelines set forth by the family court. In a child support order, the percentage of the parent’s income to be used for child support only varies based on the number of children.
The fixed percentages include:
- 17 percent for 1 child
- 25 percent for 2 children
- 29 percent for 3 children
- 31 percent for 4 children
- 35 percent or more for 5 children
Let Our Long Island Child Support Attorneys Help
The child support process has a direct impact on your child’s well-being. It is crucial that you understand your and your child’s rights regarding support issues. Lewter Law is here for you to effectively walk you through the challenging legal process.
Contact us at (516) 260-4755 today to schedule a consultation. We also speak Spanish, Bengali, Urdu & Hindi.
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