The requirement to provide for the family’s financial needs is one key concern in a separation or divorce. Typically, the family’s needs are addressed through mandatory child support arrangements and, in some cases, spousal maintenance or alimony. These issues are taken into consideration both for temporary maintenance and when determining the final maintenance and child support decision.
At Fuchs and Eichen, we also take into consideration balancing the needs of the family versus the financial needs of the payor spouse.
The family law attorneys at Fuchs and Eichen are prepared to represent anyone seeking to establish appropriate child support. Child support can become a highly contested issue, and we can often help avoid an environment of conflict that can have a detrimental effect on the family, especially the children.
We will firmly bear in mind your family’s welfare and well-being as we work with you to negotiate suitable child support. If necessary, we will secure you and your children’s rights in court.
How Payments Are Calculated
In the State of New York, attorneys and the courts use formulas established by the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) to calculate child support as a percentage of income. These formulas consider parental earnings and the number of children. Within the context of this formula, the law provides for some latitude and discretion to be exercised by the court, or as agreed upon by both parties.
Calculations can be adjusted under particular or unique circumstances. At Fuchs and Eichen we will work with you to identify and address your specific needs: daycare fees, medical care expenses (including health insurance premiums), and college tuition payments. We may also approach the court to request payment modifications when dealing with exceptional circumstances, for example, when one spouse’s income is extraordinarily high or low.
Regardless of your circumstances, background, or situation, we will work with you to gain a comprehensive understanding of your family’s financial needs. We stand ready to negotiate or petition the courts for suitable child support arrangements.