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Supporting Children after a New York Divorce

Child support can be a blessing or a curse, depending on which party you are and whether the order is being upheld. Custodial parents depend on child support to pay for groceries, rent or mortgage, clothing, and everything else that is required to raise a child. When depended-upon payments are late or simply never come, it can have serious ramifications on the custodial parent and the child. For noncustodial parents, child support can seem like an anchor keeping them underwater that they can never get rid of. Having a child support order that is too much can cause serious hardships for noncustodial parents. Because we represent both sides when it comes to child support, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you reach the most beneficial outcome in your Long Island child support case. We encourage you to call one of our Long Island child support lawyers today at the law offices of Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C.

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Child Support Basics

Child support reduces the child poverty rate, increases academic achievements, improves cognitive development, and has a positive effect on family relationships. Noncustodial parents who pay child support have an increased involvement in their child lives. To be sure, 5.9 million custodial parents nationwide are the recipients of child support, yet only 40 percent receive the full payment that is owed to their child. Furthermore, 30 percent of recipients receive only partial payments, while 30 percent receive no payments at all, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.


How is Child Support Calculated in New York?

Child support is calculated using a simple formula based on a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s gross annual income and the number of children the support is going towards. The calculation is set up as follows:

  • 1 Child 17 percent of income
  • 2 Children 25 percent of income
  • 3 Children 29 percent of income
  • 4 Children 31 percent of income
  • 5+ Children At least 35 percent of income

For parents with incomes in excess of $143,000 per year, the court may choose to use another method of calculation. In addition, the child must be given medical support in terms of health care and out-of-pocket medical expenses. Both parents may be held responsible for providing medical support, and the child support that the noncustodial parent pays may reflect this cost, according to New York Courts.

A Long Island Child Support Attorney is Here to Help

Whether you are the custodial receiving parent or the noncustodial paying parent, we know just how important this child support decision is to you. Noncustodial parents can be financially crippled if they are asked to pay too much, while the custodial parent and the child both suffer if they do not receive a fair amount. Whether you require assistance modifying an existing order or need help creating a new child support order, an attorney is an essential element to your success. Do not hesitate to contact our Long Island child support lawyers today with the office of Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C. to set up a free consultation.

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When facing a divorce, child custody, or child support case, you deserve a lawyer who will listen to your concerns and take the time to explain your options, and who has the knowledge and experience to give you the best advice.

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Why Choose Petroske Riezenman & Meyers

There are many Long Island attorneys who will promise to aggressively represent your interests in a divorce or family law dispute.

Few have the right mix of attributes to provide cutting-edge legal representation along with compassionate support in this stressful time.

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our success is built on three pillars:


Matrimonial and family law changes often. New developments come out of Albany every year, and the courts implement the law in sometimes surprising ways. To effectively protect your interests, you need a lawyer who understands the latest developments in the law, however minor. We stay informed of upcoming amendments and trends in the law. We know the latest court decisions that might impact how a judge views your case. If there is a precedent that supports your claim, we will find it and bring it to the attention of the judge.

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Family law disputes are not like other lawsuits. These disputes are governed by different laws and different judges. Although you can ask a criminal defense lawyer or an immigration attorney to handle your matrimonial or family law dispute, you should not be surprised if they are soon in over their heads and unable to provide effective representation. At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our attorneys and support staff have dedicated their careers to excellence and professionalism in the practice of matrimonial and family law.

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We are proud to be highly recommended by many satisfied clients we have represented over the years in divorce and Family Court cases.  We have over a century of combined experience, which allows us to perform a complete review of your case and discover facts that work to your advantage. We understand the unique challenges that family law disputes create, such as the risk of domestic violence, impediments to a negotiated resolution, or the possibility of harassing or vexatious litigation. To see the positive results we have achieved for others, check out our Client Reviews.

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