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What Is a Child Support Debit Card on Long Island?

What Is a Child Support Debit Card on Long Island?

New Debit Card Simplifies Child Support Payments

What Is a Child Support Debit Card on Long Island?

In the past, child support was typically paid by way of paper checks, usually mailed from the payer to the recipient. Then, direct deposit became available and child support funds could be deposited electronically directly into the bank account of the recipient. For example, if the payer’s wages are garnished, those funds are then wire transferred to the recipient’s account.

Now, New York has a special debit card available that allows you to have child support payments loaded directly onto a debit card. Here’s what to know about using a child support debit card on Long Island and how an experienced divorce and family law attorney can provide you with assistance.

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Why Do Courts Deny Child Support Modification?

Why Do Courts Deny Child Support Modification?

Why Do Courts Deny Child Support Modification?

Child support orders in New York are created to remain effective and unchanged from the court order until the supported child becomes legally emancipated or reaches the age of 21, whichever comes first. However, most divorced parents experience a change in their finances or the material needs of their child before the child support order before the end of its effective life. When this happens, one or both of the child’s parents may believe that the child support may need to increase or decrease from the original court order.

Here are several reasons Long Island courts will refuse to modify a child support order and what you can do to improve the chances your Child Support Modification case will be successful.

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Does Child Support Cover College Expenses?

Does Child Support Cover College Expenses?

Does Child Support Cover College Expenses?

Child support laws in New York are very different than they are in other states. As a result, this can leave many parents confused about what their legal responsibilities are with regard to the financial support of their minor child and when child support obligations end. A related concern is whether or not New York mandates that parents contribute toward a child’s college expenses.

Here’s what you should know and when to seek the support of an experienced Long Island child support lawyer.

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How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Affect My Child Custody or Child Support Order in New York?

How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Affect My Child Custody or Child Support Order in New York?

How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Affect My Child Custody or Child Support Order in New York?

As most Americans adapt to a new reality in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in particular social distancing, mandatory business closures and work from home, school closures, job layoffs, shortages of food and essential supplies, etc., there are lot of questions that need to be answered. For the first time in a long time, many of us are having to take care of our children (and maybe even perhaps our parents or grandparents) full-time.

Coronavirus Impact on Child Custody Orders

If you are not married or in an intact relationship with your children’s other parent, you may have a Child Custody Order and are wondering whether or not you have to send your children to visit the other parent. If you are the noncustodial or nonresidential parent, you may fear that you are going to go a prolonged period of time without seeing your children if the Federal or New York State governments issue a mandatory quarantine or stay in place order.

Coronavirus Impact on Child Support Orders

If you have a Child Support Order and you lost your job or your hours were cut back and you are starting to struggle to make ends meet, you may be asking whether or not you have to continue to pay child support. Conversely, if you rely on child support to care for your children, provide for their support, food, clothing, shelter activities, etc., you may be afraid that the other parent is going to stop paying altogether.

In this article, we answer the foregoing questions, as well as others you might have surrounding your Child Custody and Child Support obligations at this unprecedented time.

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How to Divorce with a Special Needs Child on Long Island

How to Divorce with a Special Needs Child on Long Island

How to Divorce with a Special Needs Child on Long Island

Deciding to get a divorce is difficult, and sharing a special needs child with your ex-spouse can exacerbate every aspect of the situation. Here’s how you can navigate dissolving your marriage when you have a child with special needs and how to get help protecting your family as you close one chapter of your lives and open a new one. (more…)

5 Things Parents Should Ask For in a Long Island Divorce

5 Things Parents Should Ask For in a Long Island Divorce

5 Things Parents Should Ask For in a Long Island Divorce

Knowing how to ask for provisions that your family will need both during the divorce process and after isn’t often easy. If you’re a parent going through the process of divorce, or even if you’re simply considering your options, you may not know where to start. The first step is understanding what you need in the divorce and why you need it. (more…)

What Happens When Child Support Goes Unpaid on Long Island?

What Happens When Child Support Goes Unpaid on Long Island?

What Happens When Child Support Goes Unpaid on Long Island?

If a Long Island court orders you to be paid child support, it must be paid on time and in full according to the order. If you are a recipient of child support and your support has gone unpaid or partially paid, this post will help you understand your rights under New York law and what your next step should be. (more…)

Is a Home Paternity Test Legally Admissible in Court?

Is a Home Paternity Test Legally Admissible in Court?

Is a Home Paternity Test Legally Admissible in Court?

When the issue of paternity comes up in a family law situation, it’s important to understand the different types of paternity tests available and which ones are, and are not, legally admissible in a Long Island courtroom. Home paternity tests, in particular, are becoming more affordable, leaving many people wondering if they can use a home paternity test in a family law case. Here’s what you need to know about the admissibility of home paternity tests and other types of paternity tests that may be available to you. (more…)

Should Child Support Payments Be Made in Shared Custody?

Should Child Support Payments Be Made in Shared Custody?

Should Child Support Payments Be Made in Shared Custody?

A shared child custody agreement on Long Island is basically a 50/50 share of parenting time with the child(ren). In this case it might seem fair and appropriate that the parents should also share 50% of all expenses, but in New York, that is not the way it works. Even in shared child custody arrangements, one parent is deemed the non-custodial parent and that parent is the one who is ordered to pay child support regardless of the amount of time they spend with the child(ren). (more…)

What’s the Difference Between Getting Child Support in Family Court or Supreme Court on Long Island

What’s the Difference Between Getting Child Support in Family Court or Supreme Court on Long Island

What’s the Difference Between Getting Child Support in Family Court or Supreme Court on Long Island

After many years working with countless Long Island parents on the issue of Child Support, I’ve seen the same dilemma many times over. The parents are in the middle of their divorce, or, are contemplating beginning their divorce and the residential parent is not receiving Child Support from the non-residential parent. It’s been an extended length of time, and now resources are running low for the residential parent. He or she feels that there is no other option, but to file for child support. If the parties are in the middle of a divorce, they are already before a Supreme Court judge. However, when dealing with child support specifically, Family Court is usually the faster route. Notwithstanding, there are some risks associated with filing for child support in Family Court during the pendency of your Divorce on Long Island. (more…)