Helping You Get The Financial Assistance You Need
Raising a child is expensive. As the custodial parent, you have the right to receive support from your child’s other parent to assist in paying for the costs of caring for and raising your child.
At Venzon Law Firm PC, our attorneys have spent 36 years helping custodial parents throughout Buffalo, Niagara Falls and all of Western New York obtain the financial assistance they need to support their children.
Determining Child Support
In New York, child support is determined by the Child Support Standards Act, which sets forth child support guidelines that take into consideration the combined parental income and the number of children each parent supports. However, judges have the power to deviate from this formula to increase or decrease the amount of support based on numerous factors, including:
- Financial resources of both parents
- Physical and emotional health of the child
- Standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not dissolved
- Tax consequences
- Nonmonetary contributions made by the parents
- Visitation expenses
Parents are responsible for other costs associated with raising their child, including health care, educational expenses and child care. At Venzon Law Firm PC, our attorneys also help clients modify and enforce their existing child support orders.
Children have the right to receive financial support from both parents until age 21 or longer. Parents may even be held legally responsible to pay for college. Parents cannot agree to relieve each other of support obligations because the right to receive financial support belongs to the child.
Support For Divorcing Spouses
When a marriage ends, the income and resources that supported one household must now support two. Spousal maintenance, or alimony, may be available if one of the spouses stayed home, for example to care for minor children, or earns significantly less than the other spouse. New York State has a formula which is used to determine the amount of alimony or support to be paid.
New York State views alimony as a rehabilitative tool necessary to provide the lower earning spouse with the time and resources necessary to obtain education and training. The amount and length of support are based on numerous factors, including:
- Earning capacity of both parties
- Contributions of one party to the career potential of the other
- Presence of minor children
If one or both parties’ financial circumstances change, spousal support modifications may be obtained.
Venzon Law Firm PC helps clients obtain the spousal support they need to become financially independent and ensure clients do not pay more than what is necessary. For additional information about spousal support, please refer to our spousal support FAQ page.