One of the reasons a non-custodial parent may not be able to make child support payments is because their income level has decreased substantially. Rather than avoid their obligations, it is possible to apply for a child support modification with the court to ensure one is not penalized for their behavior.
After a divorce is finalized, depending on the order, child support obligations can end up continuing for a number of years. During this time, the parents making the payments may find that their financial circumstances change, and rather than address the issue in court through an agreement modification, they may end up failing to make their child support payments. Even the most understanding custodial parent can get frustrated as a result, since they depend on these payments to meet everyday expenses. What are the enforcement actions available in New York to enforce a child support order?
Extensive studies into social science have demonstrated that children benefit from having two involved parents, including the father. Children whose fathers have higher self-esteem, better academic records and perform better on a range of emotional, physical and behavioral health measures. These statistics have long been ignored by divorce judges, according to father's rights advocates groups that are pushing for legislation to adopt co-parenting as the norm.
According to some experts, couples are at their most optimistic and affectionate with one another right after they get engaged. It seems natural -- an engagement signals the beginning of something new, a journey a New York couple is undertaking together. It might seem counter-intuitive to discuss divorce at this time of celebration, but some experts suggest this could be the best time to discuss it.