What Parents Should Know about Child Support Payments


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Gordon Burrows operates a family law practice and serves as a county legislator for Westchester’s 15th District in White Plains, New York. Practicing law for more than 30 years, Gordon Burrows is experienced in litigating divorce, child custody, and child support cases.

Hiring an attorney may be a critical factor in ensuring the best outcome of a child support case. The first step in determining how much a parent will pay for child support is for the courts to examine the net income of both parents. In the state of New York, a statutory calculation is used to determine the amount of child support a parent must pay, although this amount may be adjusted by the court to provide an appropriate and fair payment amount.

New York State regards child support as an important issue and uses specific mechanisms to enforce the full and timely payment of child support. For example, if child support arrangements involving payments from a non-custodial parent are past due, any professional or business licenses possessed by that parent may be suspended until payment is made. Additionally, any legally responsible relative of a child can be ordered by the court to provide available benefits such as health insurance for the child.

How to Prepare for Child Custody Hearing


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Gordon Burrows, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in divorce and family law cases, represents clients in White Plains, New York. Throughout his career, Gordon Burrows has been able to win favorable judgments for clients going through contentious divorces and child-custody battles.

If you are a party in an upcoming child-custody hearing, you should gather any supporting documentation you can to prove you are a responsible parent. Start by creating a log of the activities you do with or for your children on a daily basis. Attend school-related activities, such as conferences and performances, as often as possible, and keep records, including photos, related to this parent-child time. If you are the parent who regularly takes your children to the doctor or dentist, include proof of handling those responsibilities as well.

Ask witnesses who are close to your child to vouch for your positive parenting style in writing. Child-care workers, doctors, teachers, neighbors, and relatives are among those who can provide you with a parental character reference. If your spouse is unreliable in fulfilling parental obligations, try to gather documentation that would support those claims in court. Examples might include a heavy work, travel or social schedule that leaves little time for children.