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Can I Get a New York Child Support Decree Modified?

By The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC on February 25, 2016

If you have young children, your New York divorce probably included discussions of child support. You’re probably answering to a decree that states how much and how often one parent is expected to contribute financially to the child’s basic needs. In New York, either parent may ask the court to modify a child support decree. The decree may need to be modified if:

  • There has been a “substantial change in circumstances,” like a change in the child’s medical needs
  • The order is at least three years old and was made on or after October 13, 2010
  • Either parent’s income has increased or decreased more than 15 percent since the last order was made

If none of these situations apply, the court may still grant a modification to a child support decree – but only if the parent who requests the change can show an “unanticipated and unreasonable change of circumstances.” This may include, for example, the parent’s inability to find a job despite an exhaustive, focused search for work.

Along with these options, parents who create a child support decree can include their own terms for changing or modifying it. However, any terms the parents add must fit within New York child support law, be accepted by a judge, and be included in the original child support order.

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At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, our experienced Long Island child support lawyers can help you address the terms of your current child support decree so that they more accurately reflect your ability to provide for your child. Contact us today to learn more. You can reach us at (516) 227-5353.

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