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Many parents not receiving child support payments owed

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.

Decisions concerning 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