Trust a Warren County, NY Child Support Lawyer
Parents have a legal obligation to provide financial support for their children, whether born into a marriage or out of wedlock. In an ideal world, they could agree on the amounts necessary to raise the child. However, paternity and divorce proceedings may pit parents against each other, and raise passionate emotions. Plus, New York State laws and formulas on child support can be convoluted if you do not have a legal background.
At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, our child support attorneys possess the necessary skills to serve your family and the needs of your child. Since 2005, we have been representing parents in the Capital Region and Upstate New York with all types of family law issues. Our lawyers have amassed considerable knowledge and experience to ensure protection of your rights in a child support matter.
Determination of Child Support
Child support issues generally come up in one of two situations:
- Establishing Paternity: Where the parents are not married, it is necessary to establish paternity before seeking child support.
- Divorce: A key issue in New York divorce proceedings is care and support for minor children. A Warren County Family Court judge will enter all appropriate orders after reviewing the child’s best interests, as required by law. In most cases, the non-residential parent will provide support to the other parent to cover a wide range of expenses.
The objective of child support is to ensure the child has the financial means necessary to experience the same relative lifestyle he or she would have, had the family remained intact. New York State law includes specific formulas for calculating child support, based upon such factors as:
- The paying parent’s income;
- Health insurance costs;
- The existence and needs of other children that the paying parent supports; and,
- Other factors.