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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 attorneys at the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco 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.

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 the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco

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.

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    “You are so knowledgeable and took so much time with me… for that I am so thankful!!!!”

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    “I had the honor of working with George Pammer. He is a great attorney and from the beginning until the end of my custody battle he was honest, thorough, knowledgable, aggressive, and very tactful, but also empathetic and understanding. I would highly recommend the Montefusco Law team as they were all great, if you want to put your best foot forward they are the team to do it with.”

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    “Appreciate the kindness and support, it means so much to me. Useful advice, I highly recommended. I wish I could give more than 5 stars for Robert.”

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  • 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.”

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    “I was recommended to The Montefusco law firm 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!”

  • Thanks from our hearts.

    “You were there when we felt our world was torn apart.”

    Matthew

  • His passion for his work is unparalleled.

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

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  • With Robert’s talent and experience, we never had to go to court.

    “I would definitely recommend Robert Montefusco. Thanks for all that you did for me.”

    Bob

  • 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.”

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