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Like many states, New York has strict laws regarding child support payments. All child support negotiations and determinations must be completed before a divorce can be finalized. Because the court makes its final decision based on the “best interests of the child,” a noncustodial parent may end up with monthly payments they don’t agree with. However, this doesn’t mean that a parent is allowed to stop making payments by need or choice without court approval. In fact, a noncustodial parent may face severe legal penalties and even jail time for violating the court order.
Child support payments are meant to provide for a child’s:
A child’s well-being and environmental stability may rely on consistent child support payments. So when a noncustodial parent stops providing these necessary funds, the law must step in to intervene accordingly.
In New York, the noncustodial parent is required to send all child support payments directly to the Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU). It’s the CSEU’s duty to protect children by keeping track of all child support payments and, if necessary, using a variety of methods to enforce a parent’s court order.
The administrative procedures to collect overdue child support payments include, but are not limited to:
A parent’s state of employment, medical conditions, and financial circumstances naturally change over time. Sometimes, this means that a noncustodial parent is unable to make child support payments without suffering great financial strain. If you find yourself in this situation, you must be proactive and seek legal guidance immediately. With the help of an attorney, you can request a child support modification from the court. At Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C., we can help you challenge the CSEU’s administrative procedures and guide you through the modification process.
Contact Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C. if you have questions or concerns about your child support payments. Our compassionate New York City child support lawyers represent the legal needs of both paying and receiving parents.
We provide bilingual services. Call Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C. at (212) 235-1382 to request a case consultation.
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