New York child support: Parents concerned about supporting kids

Posted By Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. || 10-Oct-2012

These days, there are thousands of families struggling all over the country, including in New York. With the rising cost of just about everything and the continued high rate of joblessness, many parents are concerned with how they are going to support their children. When a couple gets divorced, the custodial parent may be concerned that the non-custodial parent may not be able to pay their child support.

When a couple gets divorced, it is said that one family becomes two. These days, one family becomes two half families. Often, neither new family is able to be a whole family, at least financially, on their own. Couples are best served by trying to put their feelings for each other aside in order to come to an agreement that will be most beneficial to their children.

New York judges have statutory child support guidelines that they follow when determining an appropriate level of child support. Those guidelines are aimed at keeping a child in the same lifestyle they would have had if the parents had stayed together. However, those guidelines sometimes make it impossible for the non-custodial parent to pay their child support.

When a couple is able to work together and reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial and allows both parties to fulfill their obligations as parents, the court will likely approve the child support arrangement. A couple that can show the court that they are working for the best interests of their children can give a judge the ability to override the guidelines with the caveat that either parent can come back to the court for a modification, based upon a substantial change in circumstances. Obtaining assistance with the documentation of an agreement may give the couple the best chance of achieving a fair and comprehensive child support agreement.

Source: The Washington Times, "Survey: Parents concerned about supporting children," Cheryl Wetzstein, Sept. 26, 2012

Categories: Child Support

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