The state of New York wants to ensure that children are financially supported by both parents. If you have questions about child support payments, do not wait to reach out to our experienced New York family law attorneys to discuss the specifics of your case and your options.

What is child support in New York?

There are two types of child custody in New York: physical custody and legal custody. When a parent has physical custody of their child, they are referred to as the custodial parent. This parent has the child for most nights of the week. This means that the parent is essentially responsible for providing the child with a home, clothing, food, education, and other necessities. Because of this, these expenses can often add up and become too much for one parent to handle on their own.

The state of New York emphasizes that both parents have a legal responsibility to support their children financially. That is why the non-custodial parent owes support payments for assistance. The purpose of child support is to make sure that the child’s standard of living is the same or even better than it was before the divorce. These payments help level out the child’s cost of living so that it is not a financial burden on the custodial parent.

What is the age of emancipation in New York?

In New York, child support payments are required throughout the child’s life and can end when they reach the age of emancipation, which is typically 21 years old. However, the payments do not always end at 21-years-old. In some instances, financial support may be extended past the age of 21. This can happen if the child decides to pursue higher education and will not be financially independent until they graduate.

In other circumstances, however, child support can be terminated even before the age of emancipation. If a child is over the age of 18 and a parent believes that the child can support themselves, the parent may petition the court to end support payments. If the court permits this motion, child support payments can end. But, until a New York court declares that child support payments can end, these payments must continue.

If you have any questions or concerns about child support in New York, do not hesitate to reach out to our skilled legal team.

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