Family dynamics throughout New York are very different. Even two families that seem to be the same are in fact unique. Parenting styles may be different and other problems may exist between the parents that others do not know about. That is why divorce is relatively common. Couples that divorce when they have children have many different issues that must be resolved.
One of those issues is child support, which is money paid from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent in order to ensure that the child's financial needs are met by both parents and not just the custodial parent. Child support is set based upon the child support guidelines, which basically state that the non-custodial parent will have to pay a percentage of their income to the other parent. In order to ensure that the proper amount is ordered it is important that the parents are prepared at the hearing and bring the proper documents.
The parents will need documentation showing their current address, Social Security number and employer. In addition to that the parents will need to have proof of income. This means that they should bring at least the last three pay stubs, a W-2, a letter from employers verifying income, documentation on disability or unemployment benefits and documentation about other forms of income. In addition to that, the parents should bring proof of any other children living in their home and proof of their monthly expenses, such as monthly bills and other expenses.
It is important that parents are prepared with the proper documents to ensure that the proper amount of child support is ordered. While the child support guidelines may seem straight forward, they can be complicated and it is important that parents understand them.
Source: NYC Human Resources Administration, "Child Support Handbook for Non-Custodial Parents" accessed on Aug. 8, 2016