New York Child Support Laws
Whether your separation is amicable or not, a divorce can be complicated for all parties- particularly when children are involved. Because you and your ex-spouse undoubtedly want the best for your children, working together through the appropriate legal avenues to ensure impartial child custody arrangements and appropriate child support payment amounts is essential.
In New York, MONTEFUSCO | PAMMER is dedicated to helping families reach fair, sustainable agreements that support the family's best interests from now on.
To discuss your New York child support case and learn how our family law firm can help you achieve the best results, contact us online or today at (631) 801-0007.
What Is Child Support?
From a legal perspective, child support is a mandated payment from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, meant to provide economic support for the children. The idea is to ensure that the payment provides the same support the children would have had if their parents had not separated.¹
What Does Child Support Cover in NY?
Child support in New York covers necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. It also covers medical care, education, childcare, transportation, entertainment, and extracurricular activities.
Add to this other expenses deemed essential for the child’s primary success and personal and academic growth. The custodial parent can use their child support payments and income to cover these costs.
Expenses That New York State Child Support does not cover
Likewise, there are various expenses that child support payments are not legally expected to cover
- Anything not directly related to the child
- Luxury items like electronics are not needed for schooling
- Daycare and after-school care
- Extracurricular club and sports activities
- Private lessons for instruments, sports, etc.
- Yearbooks, school photos, and other memorabilia
- College tuition
- Vehicles/car insurance
Add anything else that may be considered an "extra" expense. If a parent argues that child support payments should cover these expenses, he or she has been misinformed. With the help of a reasonable family law attorney, you can ensure that all payment amounts can cover everything your children need without unnecessary extras.
We Can Help You Develop the Best Support and Custody Arrangements for You and Your Children
At MONTEFUSCO | PAMMER, our number-one priority is supporting the needs of and relationships between parents and their children throughout the divorce process. We work hard to ensure that all child custody agreements and child support payments are reasonable and fair to all parties involved. The children are given the financial and emotional support they need to grow and succeed.