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Schenectady Child Support Attorneys

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Raising children carries a price. When two people who have children together get a divorce or separate, their children’s well-being could be jeopardized. Thus, it is important to protect the children’s best interests and give them the best life possible. It doesn’t matter if the parents never got married, as child support obligations apply to parents regardless of their marital status.

To best safeguard their children’s livelihoods after a divorce or legal separation, the non-custodial parent must pay money to the custodial parent to support their children’s upbringing and necessities such as food, clothing, health care, childcare, education and shelter. This payment is called child support and applies to children who are under 21 years old.

If you need help determining and enforcing child support, our Schenectady lawyers at DeLorenzo, Grasso & Dalmata, LLP are prepared to help. We’ve served clients since 1959 and proved our ability to achieve a favorable outcome on their behalves. Allow us to help you and your children enjoy the same.

To get started, contact (518) 299-0314 for a free consultation.

New York Child Support Calculations

To calculate the basic child support obligation in New York, the court combines your and your ex’s income, minus certain deductions, and multiples it by a percentage that varies on the number of kids you have. Then, that number is divided according to both incomes.

The percentages used to calculate the basic child support obligation are:

  • 17% of the combined parental income for one child
  • 25% of the combined parental income for two children
  • 29% of the combined parental income for three children
  • 31% of the combined parental income for four children
  • no less than 35% of the combined parental income for five or more children

Income can include far more than just wages or salaries. They can include:

  • unemployment insurance benefits
  • workers’ compensation awards
  • disability benefits
  • social security benefits
  • veterans’ benefits
  • pension and retirement benefits

After the judge determines both parties’ gross income, they subtract certain deductions and add the two adjusted incomes together, creating the “combined parental income.” This figure is multiplied by one of the percentages listed above, then each parent’s income is divided into the combined parental income to determine their share.

Why You Need Our Child Support Lawyers

Circumstances constantly change between the custodial and non-custodial parent, and the last thing you need is for your children to suffer at the hands of their non-compliant parent. If you are going through a divorce or need to establish child support, our Schenectady child support lawyers will be right by your side every step of the way.

If the non-custodial parent is not holding up their end of the agreement, our attorneys can work to get their paycheck garnished, license suspended and even press charges for contempt of court. Further, if you are looking to modify your child support order, our team will collaborate with you on the best way to accomplish your goals.

There is nothing more important than the health and safety of your children. That’s why you should trust an attorney who will handle your case like it is their own children’s livelihoods at stake. DeLorenzo, Grasso & Dalmata, LLP is committed to you, and only you.

Let’s get to work. Your children depend on it. Dial (518) 299-0314 or reach out to us online today.

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