Despite divorce severing the marital tie between a New York couple, the relationship with their children remains intact. Divorced parents often have to go the extra mile to ensure their children's needs, both financial and emotional, are met in the aftermath of their split, but keeping their best interests at the forefront is crucial while they adjust to going from one familial unit to two. Child support and custody arrangements also reflect this, whether agreed upon between the parties or decided by the courts.
When courts issue child support orders, they consider a number of factors, including how much each spouse earns and the children's daily expenses. This means parties have an opportunity to present evidence as to the legal points they are raising in an attempt to sway the court to rule in their favor. In these situations, it is helpful to have the assistance of an experienced legal professional who has served the community for decades and who knows how to get the best possible outcome given the facts at hand.
Lawyers at our firm have been resolving custody and support disputes for the last 50 years, whether they involve litigation or resolution through negotiation. We recognize, though, that original support awards do not end the matter for good. Financial situations change thereby justifying child custody modifications, where parents seek to reduce or increase the owed amount. Those in this position should consider obtaining legal help rather than avoiding making payments altogether, as this could result in significant penalties being imposed. Child support plays an essential role in ensuring a child's upbringing, and, as mentioned in last week's blog, enforcement is taken very seriously.
From child support calculation, award, to modification, we handle this family law issue, and others, competently and confidently, which is why we are one of the best-reputed firms in the community. For more information about our firm's experience, track record, and legal philosophy, please consider visiting our page.