Child Support and Child Custody

Westchester County, New York, Child Support and Child Custody Lawyer

Family law issues involving children need to be handled as professionally and efficiently as possible in order to minimize the emotional strain that is placed on the children in the situation. At the office of Norman M. Block, P.C., our firm strives to meet your goals for the outcome of the child support and child custody matters you may be facing. Lead by attorney Norman M. Block, we are able to provide clients with representation that is tailored to meet our clients' needs while keeping the best interests of the children in mind.

Child Support

In the state of New York, the amount of child support that is to be paid is set by a very specific set of guidelines and calculated through a formula. When determining the "basic child support obligation," the court must calculate the combined parental income and multiply it by the appropriate child support percentage. For child support purposes, "income" is defined as the "gross income as was or should have been reported on the most recent federal income tax return" less certain deductions as set forth in the Domestic Relations Law.

Based upon the combined parental income, the child support percentages are as follows:

  • 17% for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 29% for three children
  • 31% for four children
  • no less than 35% for five or more children

These percentages can be changed based upon a number of factors, whether by court order or by agreement between the husband and wife.

In those cases where the children are at risk of needing public assistance, the county Department of Social Services maintains a child support enforcement unit to assure that the obligations of each parent are met so that public assistance does not become necessary. At times they will act as your attorneys in court proceedings to insure that child support obligations are enforced.

A lawyer at our firm can assess your situation and help you understand your rights and obligations regarding child support.

Child Custody

Child custody is one of the most contested issues in family law. Whether it is a custody case that stems from a divorce or involved non-married parents, our firm can assist clients in many aspects of child custody matters. We can help explain the various terms, such as joint legal custody, sole custody and visitation, and how they may apply to your situation. Our firm also assists with relocation, when a parent wishes to move out of state with a child and requires a modification to a custody order.

Modification and Enforcement

In addition to handling initial requests for child support and child custody orders, our firm handles the modification and/or enforcement of these matters. Though it may be difficult to secure a change to an established order, our firm works hard on your behalf to get the change made or defend against change being sought. We can also help secure payment for child support that may be in arrears.

Contact a New York Child Support and Custody Attorney

To further discuss your options in family law, child custody, child support and visitation matters, contact a member of our firm today.