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Is your co-parent misusing your child support payments?

Family courts in New York do not typically monitor how a parent uses the other parent's child support payments. As you might imagine, tracking these expenditures would be difficult or impossible. It would also compromise the efficiency of a court system already clogged with divorce, child custody and support issues.

How does New York enforce child support obligations?

All states have laws governing how noncustodial parents must handle their child support obligations, and New York is no exception. Because child custody and support are important issues, no divorce in the state is final until negotiations regarding these matters are complete.

How do New York courts determine the best interests of the child?

If you are divorcing with children for the first time, you will hear a lot of terms that you may have never heard before. One of these terms is the "best interests of the child," and it plays a very important role in child custody and support determinations.

The state can help you find work if you can't pay support

Finding and keeping steady work in New York can be a challenge. When you have children to support, it hurts everyone when you cannot get a job. Going a step further, when parents tasked with paying child support are unemployed, the damage runs even deeper.

Here's what your kids will ask you about your divorce

Breaking the news about your divorce to your children requires a delicate, complex conversation. You need to plan it out in advance. Things like where you have the conversation, how the kids are feeling and whether the whole family is together are very important.

You work hard for your child: Make sure to document it

If you're in the middle of a child custody dispute, or about to be in one, there's one thing you should consider doing immediately: Keep a childcare journal. This journal will include information pertaining to the daily things you do on behalf of and with your children. It could serve as the most important piece of evidence that your child custody matter hinges upon: Who serves as the primary caretaker of your children?

What physical child custody arrangements are right for you?

Determining what kind of physical child custody arrangements are right for you will depend on various factors. For example, you'll want to determine what arrangements are best for your child. You'll also need to consider both parent's work schedules. Let's look at these two issues in more detail.

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