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Getting divorced in New York with a special needs child

As you undoubtedly know, divorce is tough on children. It can cause many behavioral and emotional issues in even the healthiest child. A child with special needs may also suffer when divorce occurs and may require more personal attention from each parent during this trying time. When it comes to child custody and support, it is critical to work with your co-parent to ensure your special needs child emerges from divorce as healthy as possible.

Do New York stepparents have visitation rights after a divorce?

In the past, blended families were more of an anomaly than a "normal" situation. More couples stayed together in the past, at least until their kids were adults and out on their own. Now, blended families with children from prior relationships are quite common in the U.S., giving the population plenty of diversity.

Is it possible to lower your child support payments?

Attorneys usually find it difficult to provide a definitive answer to questions like this one about lowering child support payments. Not knowing anything about a person and his or her divorce makes it even more challenging to offer answers. However, in the interest of keeping divorced New York parents aware of their options, this post will highlight a few ways that it may be possible to have your support payments lowered.

It's back to school time for divorced New York families

It's back to school time for divorced New York families. Just when it seems as if you and your co-parent establish a routine regarding child custody and support, something comes along to cause disruption. Your kids returning to school for the year is an example of such a disruption. After all of your hard work establishing balance with your co-parent, you must once again change things up for school.

Tips for improving communication with your co-parent

When severe problems point to divorce, people often dream of complete disconnection from their spouse. They may look forward to a divorce's conclusion just so that they do not have to deal with their ex anymore. However, when children are involved, total disconnection is not possible for New York parents.

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.

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