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5 frequently asked questions about child support in New York

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2022 | Blog

Going through a divorce is stressful and difficult.

The rules around child support can add complexity. Read below to clarify some common misconceptions.

Will my ex be allowed to stop paying child support when my child turns 18?

No. According to the State of New York’s Child Support division, the noncustodial parent must pay child support until the children turn 21.

Is child support just a cash payment every month?

Not necessarily. Many noncustodial parents contribute toward health care insurance, child care expenses, and out-of-pocket medical costs in addition to paying monthly cash transfers.

Is a biological parent the only one who can receive child support?

No, any legitimate caretaker can apply to have child support sent to them. This includes legal guardians, grandparents, relatives, caretakers, and even the child themselves.

What if my ex disappears and/or refuses to pay?

The Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU) of the State of New York works hard to ensure that child support goes to the person who deserves it. In the event of a parent who flees town or the state, there can be a combination of state and federal enforcement actions designed to find the person.

Do I have to trust that my ex will pay me every month?

No. The Support Collection Unit (SCU) will automatically deduct your child support from their paycheck. The SCU also has access to lottery winnings, tax returns, assets and bank accounts.

The child support system seeks to ensure you have everything you need so that your child can live a normal life after divorce.