Sadly, there is a significant difference between what parents are ordered
to pay in child support and what money is actually received by the custodial
parent. Congressional research data revealed that in 2011 only 2.7 million
of 7.1 million custodial parents with child support orders received the
amount of child support that they were supposed to have received.
This still appears to be a greater percentage of individuals receiving
their child support than was received back in 1993. In 1993 only 36.9
percent of custodial parents received what was due as compared to 43.4
percent receiving this amount in 2011.
Though this data is not specific to the state of New York, this same circumstance
of non-custodial parents failing to pay their child support likely exists
in our state as well. Unfortunately, not all parents take their child
support obligations seriously.
child support generally revolve around what is in the best interest of the child. The
determinations concerning child support amounts are generally calculated
per a formula followed by family law judges.
However, the process for collecting child support can often be intimidating
for a parent. They may not understand the process and therefore will be
in need of an experienced family law attorney to represent them.
Former spouses often have the means to hide income or assets. The other
spouse may not always understand the means of locating this income. On
the other hand, certain parents may not always be able to pay the full
amount owed and may need to go to the court to ask for a modification
in what is owed. Attorneys can help provide advice to clients under either
of these circumstances.
Source: New York Daily News, "Who Exactly Gets Child Support? Beyond the Myths," James Warren, Jan. 6, 2013