Years ago, the idea of having a child out of wedlock was so taboo that American lawmakers refused to consider the possibility. State paternity laws presumed that a child born to a married woman was the biological son or daughter of the woman’s husband.
The deadline for filing your income taxes is less than two months away. For many readers in Buffalo, the task will be about the same as it was last year, but those who got divorced last year may have many questions. For example, newly divorced and separated parents probably need to know if child support is taxable income.
When a New York State parent paying child support suddenly becomes unable to pay, they may be able to go to court to get their obligation reduced or eliminated. Often, a job loss, new disability or other unfortunate incident is to blame.
A child support dispute can get ugly. Often, the parent with custody of the children will claim the other parent is lying about his or her finances to get out of paying as much support as he or she can afford. For their part, the non-custodial parent may accuse his or her ex of trying to unfairly squeeze him or her financially.
Child support is involved in many divorces, and the spouses need to understand that when they agree to this important payment that both sides hold up their end of the bargain. These payments are for the benefit of your child or children, after all.
Most responsible adults in Buffalo provide for their children to the best of their abilities. This includes paying child support for kids the parents do not have custody over. Unfortunately, some parents do not live up to their responsibilities. They fall behind on child support, or seek to deny a biological connection.
Few of our readers spend $1 million per month on living expenses. But those used to a certain level of wealth may indeed need $14,000 per month to feed their children, and use up $2,000 worth of stationary in that time.
When married parents get divorced, often they will either agree that one parent provide child support to the other, or the court will order child support to be paid. Children of divorce should not have to suffer financially because their parents are splitting up, and child support is intended to at least partially replace the noncustodial parent’s income in the household.
Any time you are involved in a legal matter that is going before a judge, it is a good idea to show up in court when you are supposed to. Some matters may not require your personal participation, but when the judge expects you to be there, and you are not, it could seriously damage your case in his or her eyes.
Most parents who have been ordered to pay child support do so, because the amount they are supposed to pay is fair and they want to provide financially for their kids. However, some noncustodial parents are unable to afford the payments, or dispute paternity.