Divorce typically comes as a cruel blow to the children who are involved. While parents lock horns over issues such as alimony, child custody and child support, children are often left insecure about their future. They may wonder which parent will take over child custody, who will be responsible for their education and even where they'll be staying each night. In New York, as well throughout as the rest of the country, payment of child support is mandatory, even if the parent is dealing with a bankruptcy.
In most states, including New York, the amount of child support that a parent must pay depends on the income of the parents. Parents also are responsible for paying child care expenses and medical expenses for the child, so these considerations come into play in determining child support amounts, as well.
As a result of these distinctive variables involved in child support calculations, one may need the support of a skilled attorney. The attorneys of Carton & Rosoff P.C. have experience in handling the complex issues related to child support. These issues commonly may arise when a parent is self-employed or regularly receives income from assets and investments.
Significant changes in a parent's life also may occur after a child support order has been issued by the court. What happens then? In the past, it was necessary to show that there has been a drastic change in circumstances in order to bring about a change in child support orders. However, recently, there has been a change in the law that has made child support modifications more feasible. Today, a supporting parent must prove that there has been at least a 15 percent change in earnings or that three years have elapsed since the last child support order before a modification of the order can occur. In this situation, a person may benefit from the support of an astute attorney.