Brooklyn Child Support Lawyer
Dedicated, Knowledgeable Representation
From dividing assets to paying child support, divorce affects the finances of many couples. If you are going through a divorce or a child support dispute, it is important that you feel confident that your lawyer is the best advocate for your rights and interests.
At Robert A. Ugelow, P.C., we are dedicated to working for our clients. We prepare every case for trial so as to ensure that we do everything we can to protect the rights of our clients during their family law matters. With more than 25 years of experience focusing on family law, we have the knowledge of the court system and family law to protect your interests in a child support or spousal maintenance dispute.
Child support issues arise in the context of divorce, paternity proceedings and modifications after a divorce. In New York, the amount of child support a parent owes or can expect to receive is determined by statutory guidelines. The factors involved in the calculation include the amount of money each parent earns and how many children they have.
While courts do have discretion to lower the child support payment due to hardship, there must be compelling circumstances to justify such a downward adjustment. One such extraordinary cause includes serious medical concerns requiring the payment of unusual medical expenses.
Spousal maintenance, also known as spousal support and formerly known as alimony, can be awarded during the divorce process, either temporarily or permanently at the end of the divorce case. Like child support, New York has factors to determine the amount of spousal maintenance awarded while the divorce is in progress. However, the courts have greater discretion to determine how much to award in the final divorce judgment.
Circumstances do change and sometimes when a parent loses a job or suffers serious medical problems, the parent can no longer afford to pay the same amount of child support that was previously awarded. In these cases, the parent can seek a child support modification. To justify a modification downward, there must be a substantial change in circumstances. If a parent’s income significantly increases, the other parent can seek an increase in child support, as well.