The thing is, there is still a way to have an income even if you do not
have a salary. This could look like receiving payouts from workers'
compensation, pensions, stipends, or annuities, etc. A New York court
will also count benefits, such as disability, unemployment, and social
security benefits, as income when it comes to
child support. If you receive public assistance, however, then the amount you get would
be deducted from calculating the combined parental income.
Still think that the court-ordered payments are too high to meet? Then
you can argue your case in court. If you can prove that the payments are
unfairly high compared your finances, then you may be able to get a judge
to modify the court order. This can be possible even if you are asking for the
modification after a considerable amount of time has passed since the court order was
put in place.
For example, what if child support was ordered before you lost your job
(or your finances changed significantly)? In that case, you may be able
to get these payments modified. If you can prove that you have sustained
a substantial and lasting change in your finances, then you may be able
to have child support payments reduced. You have to file with the same
court that gave the original orders, and you have to do this even if the
other parent agrees that payments can be lowered. The court is the only
one with the authority to change child support.
Your financial future can be a great concern weighing on your mind as you
enter a divorce. You can face this time with more confidence if you have
understand how the divorce process works, and if you have wise legal counsel
on your side. To find the answers and expertise you need to protect your
contact a skilled Long Island divorce attorney today. At the Meyers Law Group, P.C., we have years of experience helping
families successfully make the transition to a new chapter in life.