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Suffolk County Child Support Lawyers

Helping Parents Understand Child Support Laws in New York State

Divorce often takes a toll on the emotional and financial well-being of the parties involved. Additional concerns arise when there are children involved. The Suffolk County child support lawyers at Montefusco | Pammer understand that child support orders can have a significant impact on the welfare of your child, as well as your own finances.

No matter what side of a child support dispute you find yourself on, our experienced family lawyers can provide you with aggressive legal advocacy as we help you to get the results that are in the best interest of your child.

Should I Hire an Attorney for Child Support?

The law does not necessarily require you to hire a lawyer to handle your child support case but it would be a good idea to do so for complicated scenarios. This is particularly true if you remain in the midst of a divorce or child custody disagreement between you and your ex-spouse.

Should I Get a Lawyer for Child Support Modification?

Yes you should hire a lawyer for child support modification as the best option. Think about your custody arrangements with your children and how it affects your relationship. Hiring a lawyer for modifications for child support will run much easier. If you are looking to modify an existing child support order, you will be required to bring a substantial information.

For more information about child support in Brookhaven, Islip, and surrounding areas, call our qualified legal team today at (631) 801-0007.

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How Much Is Child Support in NY?

To ensure the financial needs of a child are met after a separation or divorce, the New York court system will issue a child support order. A child support order is based on parent’s income levels and the amount of time that each parent spends with the child. The complete guidelines for child support can be found in The New York Family Court Act, section 413, 413a.

The process for determining the amount of child support required from a noncustodial parent is as follows:

  • The court determines the noncustodial parent’s adjusted income
  • The court multiplies the adjusted gross income by the standard guideline percentage for the number of children
  • The noncustodial parent’s share of child care, educational, and medical expenses are added to the income percentage amount

The noncustodial parent will be required to pay the combined amount of the percentage of income and the share of expenses. If the parent’s income is over $130,000, the court may decide to use other factors in place of the percentage guidelines to determine the child support payment.

How Long Do You Pay Child Support in NY?

New York law stipulates that both parents must share the responsibility of financially supporting their child until the child is 21 years old. If the child is under 21 but married, self-supporting, or in the military, then the child is considered independent of his or her parents. The parents may discontinue the financial support if they so desire.

What Is Included in Child Support in NY?

In New York, child support covers necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. The non-custodial parent may also be required to contribute to additional expenses, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Childcare
  • Education

Can A Lawyer Help Reduce Child Support?

Yes. Your attorney will have to gather any necessary evidence, such as tax returns, pay stubs, and other financial information before filing a modification request also known as a “Motion to Modify”. Hiring to a child support attorney may help you understand the family laws in New York regarding child support and provide you with the best solution.

Contact Montefusco | Pammer

Calculating child support in New York can be confusing. It is best to rely on the legal counsel of a qualified family law attorney. Our Suffolk County child support attorneys have the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully guide you through the entire child support process.

When you need help representing your child’s best interests in family court, call (631) 801-0007 or contact us online today.

Testimonials
  • Robert Montefusco fought for me & my beliefs.

    “Robert was a realist-he was able to truthfully show the court that I was a very able, willing and capable of parenting my child more than the usual court arrangements.”

    Edward

  • Thank you for helping to give me peace of mind.

    “When you told me not to worry you would fight for me I REALLY felt that in your words.”

    Dina D.

  • He is open, honest and will not provide false promises.

    “They were exceptional in making sure conversations and milestones were communicated to me as well as very thorough in the handling of paperwork, agreement and the decree.”

    Jim

  • You don't need a guppy, you need a Barracuda!

    “I was recommended to Montefusco | Pammer by a friend who is a lawyer. He told me "You don't need a guppy, you need a Barracuda"! From the first free consultation (many years ago) to the present day, the entire staff was courteous, punctual, professional, and tolerant. I say that because I can be a tough customer to deal with, and I was never treated that way. I was always given the respect, time, and the opportunity to be heard. Hope and Monica were great on the phones, and taking down my concerns, and relaying them to Robert, Meaghan, or Maureen. I had a particularly rough time with my EX, and I was fighting for the rights of my son, and him now living with me. Robert had my back through the whole process. I am 100% satisfied with the outcome, and the entire team should take a bow! Robert always knew just what to say, and how to calm me down in moments of disbelief in the ongoing battles, and I feel I can include him in my 'inner circle' of friends. Meaghan did a great job of re-writing all of my oppositions, and even took my calls when she was at her home. And last but not least is Maureen. Maureen is a paragon. She could answer every question I had, and always gave me the respect I deserved. She and I got to know each other pretty well on the phones, and through emails. Often times I called to talk to Robert, and Maureen picked up, and helped me through my concerns. Thank you Robert, Meaghan, Maureen, Hope, and Monica! You made a really bumpy road seem navigable, and throughout the process, there was always a shining light at the end of the tunnel!”

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    “Honest and trustworthy. Gave great advice and streamlined the process”

    James

  • I am grateful for George Pammer and the Montefusco Pammer employees, they have given me peace of mind.

    “Two months ago I was at my wit's end. I had been in court again for 4 months and it seemed to be going absolutely nowhere. I started debating switching lawyers. I was given a recommendation from a family friend and decided to go and meet with George Pammer. From the moment I walked in, I felt like I was finally being heard. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a positive personality for a pretty grim situation. He did everything to move our case along as the other attorney did every stall tactic there is. I am grateful for George Pammer and the Montefusco Pammer employees, they have given me peace of mind. Tonight I will be able to sleep knowing my son is finally safe. There are not enough thank you's in the world to repay this man.”

    Sybille N.

  • THE LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT MONTEFUSCO IS ONE IN A MILLION.

    “Robert and his staff have always went above and beyond for me throughout every step of my brutal divorce and custody process. My case is currently still open and we are in 3 court rooms. Robert is exceptionally educated, experienced, and understanding when it comes to matrimonial law. The past 2 years of my life have been the most darkest and at times unbearable because of the mistake I made in choosing the wrong partner. At times, I would call their office literally 3-4 times A DAY panicking, stressing, obsessing, and mostly crying. I never felt I was annoying them or a nuisance; they were ALWAYS there for me. Robert is not only my attorney, many times he acts as my therapist and calms me down and subsides my fears. Maureen was there beside me to sign the papers to file for the hardest decisions of my life and she always helped in making the process as smooth and seamless as possible. Hope is an amazing asset as well. She is always there to answer any questions I have and always was an extra pair of ears for me to vent to. In choosing this law firm you not only get an amazingly experienced attorney, you get a FIGHTER. Robert defends and protects me aggressively and passionately every single court appearance. For the first time in my life I have absolutely NO FEAR walking into the courtrooms ever anymore because HE is by my side. I am confident that I not only have an amazing group of people working on my case every day, but I have found friends for the rest of my life. The words Thank You will never be enough for what each of them have done for me during this difficult time in my life. You guys ROCK!”

    Jessica P

  • Robert is not a stranger to arguing a motion. An added benefit that helped with my selection of Robert was his prior background as a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney.

    “Although I am not an attorney, I deal with a lot of contact, intellectual capital and real-estate attorneys regularly and I’m a pretty good judge of character. Robert’s representation of me was outstanding!”

    Robert D.

  • It all came true and I was very happy and relieved when it was all over.

    “I’ve already recommended him twice to people I know.”

    Judy B.

  • His passion for his work is unparalleled.

    “He fought for me every step of the way.”

    Genie

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