The term 'gray divorce' refers to a marital dissolution that happens between people of an older age. Many New Yorkers who go through gray divorces have been married for 20, 30 or even 40 years. Though the technical aspects of ending a marriage later in life are similar to those associated with ending a shorter-term marriage between younger adults, older divorcees may have more to think about when it comes to dividing their money and assets.
It's been about six months now since important changes in New York's alimony law took effect.
Just recently this Oneida County family law blog provided a general overview of how some child support obligations may be terminated. Whether through emancipation or marriage, joining the military or reaching the age of majority, most support obligations end and children in New York are generally not entitled to perpetual support from their parents.
Child support can become a parent's obligation either at the time of or after the parent's divorce from his marital partner or at a time after a child is born to an unmarried couple. Under New York law, children are generally entitled to receive financial support from their parents until they reach the age of 21. However, not every child support case ends when a child reaches this age, and this blog post will explore some of the events that may terminate a parent's obligation to pay child support at a different time.
The decision to divorce may be a long time in the making for a New York couple or it may occur quickly after a divisive life event. When the decision to pursue the legal process is made, however, it generally begins with one of the marital partners filing a legal petition with the courts to bring about the end of his or her marriage. Once that initial pleading is filed, the other partner to the marriage is given an opportunity to respond to the claims and requests set forth.
Child support is one of the most significant ways that a noncustodial parent can provide for his or her child. In New York, child support can be used to provide a child with important needs like housing or food, or for expenses related to the child's schooling, extracurricular activities and travel. Often, child support matters are resolved contemporaneously with divorce matters; unmarried individuals can also seek child support from their former partners if the parties share children.