Child Support in New York: Who is Required to Pay?

In New York, parents are obligated to financially support their children. A non-custodial parent, or a parent who does not have primary physical custody of a child, may be required to pay child support to help financially support the child. Sometimes, and quite unfortunately, parents disregard their obligation to pay child support. As a result, the courts can implement specific enforcement measures to make sure parents pay their obligated support. Failure to pay child support can have severe consequences for a paying parent.

Consequences of Failing to Pay Child Support in New York

Once a child support is established by a judge or through the New York Division of Child Support Services, the paying parent is required to follow the order.  They must pay the required amount to the custodial parent directly or through a wage garnishment. If a parent fails to follow a child support order they may be subject to penalties. Some of the consequences of failing to pay child support can include:

  • Wage garnishment;
  • Property or asset seizure;
  • Loss of a driver’s license;
  • Intercepted taxes;
  • Loss of a professional or occupational license;
  • Loss of the payer’s passport;
  • Negative reports to the credit bureaus;
  • Lien on business or property in the amount of the child support arrears.

In addition to these penalties, a judge may hold a parent in contempt of court for failing to follow a court order. Contempt of court can lead to jail time and additional fines.

If you are having issues with a child support order, you should consult with an attorney.  Contact our firm today to speak with experienced family law attorney.

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