Child support law deals with the legal obligation of non-custodial parents to contribute financially to the rearing of their children. These laws are enacted at the state level. However, because a child support order remains in effect until a child reaches the age of majority (or even longer in some instances), administration of the order can become a multi-jurisdictional issue as parents and children relocate. Determinations of child support are usually incorporated into family law cases that also cover matters such as divorce, separation, paternity, custody, and visitation. Like other family law decrees, support determinations are subject to modification when appropriate.
The obligation to pay child support is considered to be independent of any other rights or responsibilities of the non-custodial parent. For example, it is quite common for a court to decide questions of child support and visitation at the same time, and the judge's decisions on the two issues may appear in the same order. This may lead a non-custodial parent to believe that the duty to pay support and the right to visitation are mutually dependent. They are not. Even if the custodial parent wrongfully denies visitation, support must still be paid. Withholding child support for any reason can lead to contempt of court and a host of other serious consequences.
At Divorce and Immigration Law Office, we understand how it is vitally important to have a proper representation when it comes to issues of child and spousal support, visitation, custody or division of property. We strive to provide our clients in the New York City with a strong, highly persuasive defense and skillful negotiations with the opposite attorneys or judges. We handle Uncontested or Contested matters. It is important to pick the right firm when faced with overwhelming legal issues. Our office will stand by you, work with you and protect you, no matter how complex your case is.