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Your concerns matter and at the Law Offices of Donald Mastrodomenico, we are here to address them fully. Whether you're worried about paying child support, not getting enough, or need to make changes, our firm is here for you. We've been successfully representing clients for over 100 years of combined experience and are eager to provide the legal counsel you need. Turn to some of our most popular questions below or don't hesitate to give us a call to schedule your free consultation with our Queens child support attorney.

Do I have to pay child support if I'm the custodial parent?

Usually, no. The court tends to order the parent who spends less time with the child to pay child support. Based on the needs of your child, they may have to assist with education, medical, and child care costs.

How is child support calculated?

Courts in New York use a combination of two factors to determine child support orders: the yearly income of both parents and the number of children involved.

The standard percentages shown below only apply for combined incomes of up to $136,000; anything higher than this is up to the discretion of the court.

  • One child: 17%
  • Two children: 25%
  • Three children: 29%
  • Four children: 31%
  • Five or more children: 35%+

Are there penalties for a parent who does not pay child support?

Because child support is court-ordered, it is considered a binding legal contract. Breaking this contract can and often does incite serious penalties. A parent may be sentenced to time in jail, wage garnishment, decreased tax refunds, and even property seizure.

Can I ask for a modified support order?

Yes. Life often presents unexpected circumstances, causing you to need new orders. The court requires that your petition for modified orders be based on a significant change in circumstances, an increased or decreased income, or that at least three years have passed since your first orders.

How long does a child support order last?

Parents are typically required to pay child support until the child turns 21. However, if a child gets married, is self-supported, or joins the military before this point, child support is no longer required.

Why do I need legal representation?

Any area of family law is complex, but the involvement of children only makes things even more challenging. Child support orders can determine your family's well-being and you want to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire process. Our child support lawyers in Queens NY firm have been vital assets in numerous child support cases; we would be honored to do the same for you.


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