Category Archives: Child Support

Paying for U: Who, if Anyone, Has to Cover College Costs Post- Divorce?

High school seniors in New York, New Jersey, and across the country soon will be anxiously waiting by their mailboxes (or refreshing their email in-boxes) in hopes of getting notified that they have been accepted into their dream college. Of course, parents will be hanging on this decision as well, since they will have to…
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New York Attorney Retainers May Be Restrained to Pay Support Arrears

Need a source to collect maintenance arrears- here is a novel place,  your ex’s  attorney retainer account. An upstate court allowed a wife to collect maintenance arrears she was owed from the retainer paid to the husband’s attorney. The wife had obtained several money judgments against the husband due to his failure to pay support.  …
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New APP to Manage New York Child Custody Scheduling and Child Support Expenses

Through years of representing parties in contested custody and support cases, I have become keenly aware that keeping records of parenting time and expenses is problematic. There is often a dispute about some scheduling issue, a missed communication, or some child support add-on  expense. Because of this, we are pleased to offer a solution.…
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Is Child Support Really Being Paid?

Here is a depressing statistic - 80% of all custodial parents do not receive all of the child support owed to them. According to a Congressional study, only 2.7 million (19%) of the 14.4 million custodial parents eligible for child support are paid all of the child support to which they are entitled. In New…
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Social Security Disability Can’t be Garnished to Pay Child Support

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments cannot be levied against to pay support payments. When a parent fails to pay court ordered child support, his/her income may be garnished.    In addition, since social security  is based upon “ renumeration for employment, it too may be attached.    However, because SSI  payments are payments are made to assist…
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Children With Strangers-Is This A Good Idea?

Should two people who are physically, emotionally and economically uninvolved biologically parent and raise children together?   Abbey Ellin explores this very issue in her New York Times article Making a Child, Minus the Couple. In her article, Ellin explores the “new breed of online daters, looking not for love but rather a partner with whom…
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