White Plains Child Support Attorney

Seasoned negotiation and litigation skills help your family efficiently resolve conflicts with positive results

During the divorce process, there are many issues to be resolved. Child support disputes are often some of the most contentious matters couples face. At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, resolving disputes and relieving the legal burdens you’re experiencing are a top priority. Whether through negotiation and mediation, or litigation in court, White Plains child support attorney Karen Jansen strives to provide sound legal guidance to help you establish a practical child support arrangement that works for your family.

How is child support calculated?

Under New York law, there is a specified formula to determine each parent’s portion of expenses based on their pro rata share of combined parental income. The noncustodial parent is required to make payments to the custodial parent to assist with daily costs of living, healthcare and insurance premiums and child care. Child support payments are calculated by multiplying the noncustodial parent’s adjusted gross income by the following:

  • 17% for one child
  • 25 % for two children
  • 29% for three children
  • 31% for four children
  • 35% or greater for five or more children

In some cases, the court may consider other factors in addition to the established child support guidelines to determine an appropriate amount of support. Non-working or underemployed parents are still required to pay child support and the court may consider evidence to impute income. It is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable child support advocate on your side to ensure that both your rights and your child’s best interests are protected.

How to modify an existing child support order

After the court establishes a child support order, both parents are required to adhere to its provisions and failure to comply may result in serious penalties. Upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances such as a child’s increased medical bills due to an accident or illness or a change in a parent’s income by at least 15%, either up or down, the court may find that a support modification is warranted. Petitions for modifications are required to be supported by evidence and proposed changes must still consider the best interests of the child above all else. Only a reputable and seasoned child support attorney can help you understand your options and determine the best course of action for your case.

Turn to a well-respected White Plains child support attorney for step-by-step legal guidance and support

Child support disputes can be emotionally and financially stressful. At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, you receive personalized advice and skilled legal representation throughout the process. Whether you need help enforcing or modifying a child support order, we provide the resources you need to achieve a favorable result. To discuss your options during a free initial phone consultation, call 914-821-5200 or contact the firm online. The office is located in White Plains close to public transportation and serves clients in Scarsdale, Harrison, North Castle, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Bronxville, Rye and Mamaroneck.