Albany Child Support Lawyers

Understanding Payment Rights and Obligations Under New York Law

For more than 20 years, the New York Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) has taken a great deal of the guesswork out of the determination of child support payments in Supreme Court divorce actions and Family Court custody and paternity petitions. Also known as the child support guidelines, the CSSA establishes a formula for establishing the amount of child support payments based on the income of both parents and the number of children to be supported, subject to certain other adjustments.

Contact Arroyo Copland & Associates, PLLC in Albany to find out everything you need to know about child support. Our attorneys can help you understand how the basic guidelines formula works, what adjustments are made to the gross income of the parents, and the reasons that could support an attempt to achieve a higher or lower child support payment than the result yielded by the CSSA formula.

Gloria Arroyo Copland has more than 30 years of legal experience primarily focused on family and matrimonial law, and she can advise you about the legal, practical and strategic factors to consider in seeking a variation from the child support payments indicated by the guidelines.

Our law firm also advises parents about modifying child support payments when changes in circumstances significantly affect the child's needs or the noncustodial parent's ability to pay the established amount. Additionally, we work with parents on either side of child support enforcement actions when payment obligations go into default and arrears accumulate.

Capital District Support Guidelines Lawyers: Call 518-464-6000

Arroyo Copland & Associates, PLLC serves the needs of divorcing and unmarried parents on child support issues throughout the Hudson Valley and Upstate New York. For additional information, discuss your situation with the experienced Albany child support attorneys at our office.