Financial Security After Divorce: Child Support and Alimony
One of the primary concerns of divorcing couples is financial security of themselves and their children. Even couples who managed a stable income can face financial troubles when it comes time to splitting up assets, investments, and salaries after divorce. For over 25 years, Farr & Bass, Attorneys at Law have remained committed to protecting the financial security of our clients throughout the Long Island area. We have extensive experience handling cases involving division of property, child support determinations, and spousal support.
Skilled advocacy to secure your independence after divorce
Divorce cases are often best resolved through strategic negotiations. While we are skilled in working out tailored solutions for your family, we are also prepared to take any case to court when negotiations become difficult or impossible. We will take an individualized approach to your case, taking into consideration your immediate concerns and long-term needs.
Call 631-588-4000 for an initial consultation with an experienced child and spousal support attorney or contact us by e-mail for more information about our services.
New York child support determinations
In New York state, child support is determined by the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA). Generally, there is a calculation of each parent's total gross income (less certain deductions), then that amount is multiplied by a percentage, set forth in the statutes, which represents the number of children in need of support.
Child support payments in New York usually continue until the child is 21 years old. However, the parties may agree to continue support until 22 if the child is enrolled as a full time student pursuing a degree. In other circumstances a parent's child support obligation could end prior to a child reaching 21. These circumstances would be instances such as the child marrying, moving away from the parent's residence, working full time or entering the military.
New York spousal support, alimony, or spousal maintenance
In New York, the financial payment to a former spouse after a divorce is referred to as maintenance (also commonly known as "alimony" or "spousal support"). Where courts in the past would order lifetime stipends, payments are now usually intended to give a dependent spouse necessary assistance to achieve financial independence. The court will consider all of the following:
- Standard of living during marriage
- Income of both parties
- The duration of marriage
- Respective income, education and health of each party
Because the courts have significant discretion in determining how much and how long maintenance will continue, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can advocate on your behalf. We can help you maximize your support or prevent unmanageable obligations.
Call 631-588-4000 or contact us by e-mail to discuss your case with an experienced Bohemia, Suffolk County, New York lawyer.
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