Child Support and Divorce

Douglas Shaun Kepanis

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Posted about 2 years ago. Applies to New York, 1 helpful vote


Child support amounts may be agreed upon by both parents or may be ordered by a judge if parents are unable to reach an agreement. When determined by the court, it's calculated based on a specific formula. Based on a child's unique needs, however, the courts have the discretion to increase or decrease the amount of child support to be paid.

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Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

Determining child support payments

State laws differ in how to determine child support, but usually consider factors like the child's needs (educational, medical, etc.) and both parents' incomes.

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