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Has the court ordered you to pay child support? By law, it is a parent’s legal duty to provide means of financial support for children until they reach the age of 18. In cases of divorce, and one parent has full physical custody of one child, the other parent must continue to contribute financially.

How does the process begin?

If one parent cannot afford to fulfill the agreements, these payments are still owed. This may even apply if both parents share custody of children. Parents also have the legal right to ask the courts to enforce child support payments. Each state has a specific ruleset about all of the procedures, so it is best that you consult with a child support lawyer in Queens NY about your particular situation to determine how best to proceed.

There are three instances when child support orders begin:

  • During the divorce process
  • When one parent who is not married seeks child support
  • When a parent employs a state child agency to assist with enforcement

However, it is important to note that in cases where parents are unmarried, one parent can only request child support if both parents have recognized their parenthood. For example, the father’s identity has been established through biological testing or an acknowledgment of his fatherhood.

Child support orders will contain the following elements:

  • States who the parents are, and who will be paying support
  • Sets the amount of payments, as well as when they will be due
  • Establishes how payments will be made
  • Outlines the possible penalties for refusing to pay

If you require assistance with a court-ordered child support, do not hesitate to reach out to our Queens child support attorneys. We can assist with all aspects of the process. Later on down the line, if you feel the need to modify the terms of your agreements, you may be able to do so again by asking for a court-ordered modification as well.

It is our hope that we can make the process as easy as possible for you. We have more than three decades of first-hand experience helping families. When it comes to child support, we know how important it is to do what is best for your children, but also for your family’s entire livelihood.

Do not delay in calling the Law Offices of Donald Mastrodomenico, P.C. today for legal advice about how to proceed. We offer free case consultations.

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