This will advise you on how to apply for child support in NY State Family Court or how to enforce an existing child support order
Do you need an attorney?
If you and your child(ren)'s other parent are both W-2 employees (meaning that you are both paid "on the books" and file tax returns each year), you should be able to successfully file a petition for child support without much difficulty. If you or the child(ren)'s other parent is self employed or gets paid in cash, it is advisable that you retain a attorney as income will be more difficult to prove.
How to file for child support without an attorney
The form for a child support petition in NY State may be found online at www.nycourts.gov. Choose "forms" and then "family" when prompted. After you have done so look for the child support petition. The website has it as a fillable document that you may complete online and then print out. You should sign the petition in front of a Notary Public and attach your custody order and proof of paternity to the petition. After everything is completed, you must bring it to court for filing.
How to enfoce an existing child support order
If your child(ren)'s other parent is not paying child support as he or she was ordered to do, you may bring a violation petition in court. The forms may be found online at www.nycourts.gov. Choose "forms" and then "family" when prompted. Look for the petition for violation of an order of support, complete it online and then print out. You should sign the petition in front of a Notary Public and attach your child support order to the petition. After everything is completed, you must bring it to court for filing.
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