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How does New York's child support enforcement unit help?

New York State residents may agree that divorce is hard on children. While their parents can look forward to a new life after divorce, children often do not look at it in that way. Children often face insecurities and it is not uncommon for them to wonder who will raise them and where they will live. Hence, in the best interest of the child, the court typically orders the non-custodial parent to pay child support.

If the non-custodial parent is a recipient of temporary assistance or if the child is in foster care, the parent will be required to apply to the Social Services district, which will support the parent. If the parent is a Medicaid recipient, the coverage will be limited to medical support. The Child Support Enforcement Unit does provide some services.

First, it sets up a case record. The CSEU also helps to locate the biological father, in the event that he is the non-custodial parent. The address, employment, assets and income details are also collected by the CSEU. If a child is born out of wedlock, the child support unit will help to establish the child's paternity. This can be done by completing the Acknowledgement of Paternity form or by filing a paternity petition in a New York court.

If the parents want to modify an existing child support order, the CSEU can help the parent to complete the child support modification forms. That can be done with the help of the child support guidelines. After collecting child support payments, the CSEU will also help to allocate the payments. Child care expenses, educational expenses and medical support are also collected and distributed by the child support unit.

Source: ChildSupport.NY.gov, "Check my payments," Accessed on July 26, 2015

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