Child Support

When it comes to determining payments for child support, unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of room for negotiation. New York, like many other states, utilizes strict statutory guidelines when determining child custody payments, which are based on each parent’s income. In order to make this determination, it is imperative to use the correct amount of income.

Although the statutory guidelines may be strict, it doesn’t mean that child support is static. There are many events in life that can affect child support, including securing employment, losing employment, changes in the medical needs of the child, a change in income and starting or stopping child care. It is important to note that the child support order won’t automatically change based on your circumstance. In order to modify child support, you have to ask the court for a modification.

The Family Court is notoriously difficult to navigate, and that fact remains true regardless of whether you are attempting to enforce your existing child support order, you are applying for the first time or you need to modify your order. That is why it is important to have an experienced child support attorney in Hauppauge on your side. Our family law attorney, Catherine E. Miller, has over twenty years of experience with child custody cases just like yours, and she will help you navigate all of the ins and outs of your case by ensuring that all financial disclosures and necessary documents are in order and ready to be presented.

Child Custody

There’s no doubt about it, throughout every divorce, separation and any other family law case, children are far and away the most important factor, and that is why child custody is usually the most emotionally charged issue you will have to face. Custody, decision making, parenting time, relocation and supervised visitation are all determined in a typical child custody proceeding, which will take place in either Family Court or Supreme Court. When rendering a decision in any and all custody proceedings, the Court always has one priority in mind, the best interests of the child.

There are a number of factors that come into play when it comes to determining the best interests of the child. Substance or alcohol abuse, a parent’s behavior, domestic violence, a parent’s ability to foster a relationship with the other parent, location of residence and parenting ability can all affect the outcome of a child custody proceeding.

The child’s perspective is also considered during a child custody proceeding, and in order to understand that perspective, a child custody lawyer may be appointed by the Court to spend time with the child. In certain circumstances, a psychologist (sometimes referred to as a forensic psychologist) may be appointed by the Court to evaluate all family members and submit a detailed report to the Court, which is then used to resolve issues of parenting time or custody.

Child custody proceedings aren’t easy for either parent, and that is why you need a family law attorney that will stand by you and your child during this difficult time. Catherine E. Miller is a divorced parent herself, which gives her first-hand experience of the difficulties you are facing. That is why we’ve put together a number of helpful resources to give you the knowledge you need throughout your divorce or separation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.