When the parents of minor children are considering a divorce from one another, one of the most important questions they must ask concern how they will take care of their children once the parents live apart. As in other states, New York recognizes each parent’s obligation to his or her child and the importance of ensuring that kids have the financial and emotional support they need for healthy growth.
Child support allocations are payments that one parent makes to help meet the financial needs of the children. Often, child support is paid when the children spend most of their time living with one of the two parents.
The parent who is not responsible for the day to day needs of the child is usually the one who makes payments in order to help support the child’s needs. If the parents spend roughly equal amounts of time raising their children, child support payments may be much smaller, or they may not be made at all.
Child support is determined by the application of the Child Support Standards Act, a statutory formula that takes the combined parental income and determines the child support for both the custodial and non-custodial parents. After the determination of the basic child support obligation, there are add-ons, such as medical and educational expenses, that can be considered as well. The add-ons are determined based on each party’s pro rata share of the combined parental income.
When parents are getting divorced, the court must determine child support and set forth the obligation in the judgment of divorce.
If you’re considering divorce and you have young children, don’t wait: contact the experienced Long Island family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, P.C. We’ll help you navigate your divorce in a way that supports both your needs and those of your children.