Long Island Child Support Lawyers often handle issues pertaining to child support in either the Family Court or the Supreme Courts of Long Island.
While child support guidelines make calculations appear to be cut-and-dried, this is often not the case. Frequently child support disputes arise, and an experienced lawyer can help you resolve issues in conflict.
Long Island child support lawyer, Chris Palermo draws on years of experience derived from concentrating his practice on divorce and family law. Because of his focus, he understands the nuances of child support issues and can help you make informed decisions for effective resolution.
Non-custodial parents are responsible for providing financial support to help pay for various costs related to raising minor children. Standard child support guidelines dictate that the courts use two main factors in child support calculations:
To arrive at adjusted gross income, courts deduct Medicare, Social Security, and New York City or Yonkers taxes.
The court multiplies the adjusted gross income figure by the percentage assigned to the number of children being supported. Assigned percentages are:
• 17% for one child
• 25% for two children
• 29% for three children
• 31% for four children
• A minimum of 35% for five or more children
In addition to providing financial support that helps cover costs for a child’s food, clothing and shelter, a noncustodial parent must also help pay for other expenses. Examples of other expenses include:
• Medical treatment
• Medical insurance premiums
• Educational expenses (private school or college)
• Extra-curricular activities
One of the most common child support disputes parents face is disagreement over the monetary amount of actual income. When you or your spouse own your own business or work with family members, questions about true income typically come into question. By working off the books, parties are able to declare much less income than they actually earned. In situations like these, Long Island child support lawyers employ various techniques to ascertain real income. For example, forensic accountants can do professional business evaluations or a revenue stream analysis of a closely held business. In addition, attorneys use legal tools such as the discovery process and subpoenas to obtain financial documents and ascertain true income.
By working with an experienced child support lawyer, you can protect your rights and arrive at fair child support determinations. Contact me via email to schedule a free consultation or call (631) 780-0085.