When parents of minor children split up, the legal ramifications can be extensive. Child support is one of several key issues that must be addressed.
I am Robert Dapelo, a Long Island child support lawyer based in Patchogue. I handle all issues surrounding child support, including the initial determination, enforcement and modification.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Determining each parent's financial responsibility for the children — and boiling this down to an exact dollar amount — can be a challenging endeavor. New York law establishes guidelines for recommended percentages. However, much depends on your situation. A lesser or greater obligation may be warranted due to factors such as:
- Financial resources of both parents
- Health considerations
- Tax consequences
- Special needs
- Child care costs
- Child custody arrangements
Disputes often arise when one parent is underemployed or self-employed. In such cases, it can be challenging to obtain an accurate assessment of that parent's financial resources. I have experience handling these and other special circumstances that impact child support.
Get Honest Legal Guidance
Because support obligations generally last until the child reaches adulthood, child support can be a contested issue. It's important to protect your rights by consulting with an attorney.
At my office, you can expect reliable legal guidance rooted in 25-plus years of experience. I offer an aggressive approach when needed or a more collaborative outlook when appropriate. After meeting with me during a free initial consultation, you can expect to come away with a clear plan of action for pursuing a favorable outcome.
Get started by calling my Patchogue law firm, The Law Offices of Robert W. Dapelo, Esq., PC, at 631-654-9500 or toll free at 888-325-6199. You can also send an online request to arrange a free consultation.