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Does child support have to cover a child's college expenses?

The laws of New York require that parents subject to child support agreements and orders financially provide for their kids until they reach the age of 21. While marriage, enlistment in the military and other actions may emancipate children from the financial support of their parents, in many cases, children reach the age of 21 with the help of child support payments from their divorced parents. As most kids are out of high school when they reach this age, some may wonder if and how their parents will provide for them as they enter into college.

Why might a court to deviate from the state's support guidelines?

New York has established a set of guidelines that courts use in order to decide how much child support kids should receive when their parents separate or go through a divorce. However, as with all legal matters, it is impossible to fit all support cases into the parameters suggested by the guidelines. Certain factors may allow courts to deviate from the guidelines and to create more tailored child support plans for families.

Establish and modify a child support order

Family is often the most important thing in life and many people end up staying in difficult marriages for the sake of their children. However, with the help of experienced professionals, like those at the Hobika Law Firm, people can take steps to protect what is important to them and ensure their interests are safeguarded during a divorce.

What are the reasons for child support modification?

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.

Can you get help getting your child support order enforced?

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?

Lawyers can help modify support awards to avoid conflict

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.

What are the penalties for nonpayment of pay child support?

Taking care of one's children is a life-long obligation, whether the parents remain married to one another or not. When a couple divorces, the court often awards child support payments to be paid by one parent to the other--generally the one who is given primary physical custody of the child. When there is a failure to pay child support, there can be legal and administrative consequences.

Wages can be garnished to enforce child support order

While a couple is married in New York, as in other states across the country, both parents contribute to the child's upbringing This includes education, healthcare and other financial needs. However, when the couple divorces and one parent is given primary custody of the child, many may believe this also includes financial obligations but this is not the case. Courts often order child support, which is an ongoing periodic payment from one parent to another to cover the child's financial needs.

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