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February 2015 Archives

How to create a parenting agreement

New York couples who have one or more children and are going through a divorce may need to create their own parenting agreement. This is because they are still need to care for their children as long as they are the legal parents. In most cases, parents may come up with their own agreement through informal negotiations or through mediation outside of court. When an agreement is reached, it is final and binding on all parties once it has been approved by the court.

Understanding child support obligations in New York

If a New York noncustodial parent is sued for child support, he or she will be served with a summons to appear in court. If a parent believes that he or she has been served improperly, the parent is advised to show up on the day posted on the summons. He or she can then ask for a Traverse Hearing, which may result in the case being dismissed until the parent can be properly served.

Communication and consistency may help post-divorce co-parenting

While New York parents who have divorced may struggle to remain civil with their ex-spouses, it is in the best interests of their children if they commit to working together in parenting, particularly in joint custody arrangements. Working as an effective team in making decisions about their children requires parents to communicate calmly and cooperatively and learn to compromise regarding minor issues.

Ending child support payments

Many New York parents may believe that child support ends when the child turns 18. However, there are certain circumstances that allow a parent to receive child support even after the child turns 18. Some of these circumstances may include if the child is still attending high school, has special needs or is still living at home with the custodial parent.