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Dutchess County Child Support Attorneys Located in Hudson Valley, NY

Both parents have a legal responsibility to provide for the financial needs of their children. Child support may be ordered during a divorce case by filing a separate petition, or the parents may come to a written agreement. The Hudson Valley child support attorneys at Letterio & Haug, LLP can advise you about how child support guidelines apply to your unique situation.

Contact our Beacon child custody lawyers to schedule a consultation. We serve clients throughout Hudson Valley, Dutchess County, Ulster County, Putnam County, and Orange County.

Child Support Guidelines in New York

In New York, an Income Shares Model is used to determine child support. This model uses the income of both parents to calculate child support. The idea is that children should receive the same percentage of the income of their parents as if the parents had not divorced. The guidelines use a percentage of the combined parental income, which varies according to the number of children.

The percentage of combined parental income varies by the number of children, such as:

  • 17 percent for 1 child
  • 25 percent for 2 children
  • 29 percent for 3 children
  • 31 percent for 4 children
  • 35 percent for 5 children

New York law requires that parents financially support their children until the age of 21. However, if the child is under 21 but is married, in the military, or self-supporting, parents may discontinue support. In addition, there could be circumstances that may justify an increase or decrease in the amount specified in the guidelines. Our Hudson Valley child support lawyers can review your situation and recommend the best course of action for you.

Child Support Modifications

After a child support order is in place, an automatic review for cost of living adjustments is required every two years. When a change in circumstances occurs, such as a job loss, significant change in income, or relocation, it may be possible to request a child support modification. Our Beacon family law attorneys in Dutchess County have nearly two decades of combined experience to guide you through the process and provide reliable legal advice.

Can A Lawyer Help Reduce Child Support?

A New York child support attorney can help you change the amount if necessary, by filing a “Motion to Modify”. Your lawyer can help you prepare the documents for your hearing, gather important evidence, and present your case to family court.

Please call (845) 203-0997 for a consultation with our child custody lawyer in Beacon, NY, to get advice regarding child support orders or modifications.

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