Child support is financial support paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. It pays for things like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, medical care, education, toys, and other necessities that every child needs. The goal of child support, enforced by the Child Support Standards Act, is to provide the living conditions that the child would have received had their parents not been divorced or separated. In New York, child support is a legal obligation of both parents until the child turns 21. In addition, health insurance coverage must also be provided for the child until they reach the age of 21, according to New York Courts.
How Common is Child Support?
Raising a child is not only time consuming and difficult, but expensive. Because of this, nearly half of all custodial parents have a child support agreement with their child’s noncustodial parent. Nine out of ten of those agreements are court ordered, while 10 percent are informal agreements, according to the U.S. Census. Child support is enforced by New York’s Office of Child Support Enforcement. Unfortunately, less than half of custodial parents who are owed child support receive full payments. There are actions that we can help you to take if the noncustodial parent is continuing to be delinquent in their payments, such as wage or workers’ compensation garnishment, an order to appear in court, revocation of their driver’s license, and even jail time.