Saturday, October 5, 2013

What should I expect at child support hearing?

Q: I recently filed for child support and my hearing is on November 7th. I tried to work out with my daughter's dad but I am only receiving $30 for health insurance reimbursement and $120 a month for afterschool (essentially $30 a month). He offered an extra $200 a month and suggested I not go to court as they will not make him pay more than he can. We have joint custody but I have my daughter 5-7 days (depending on alternate weekends), I pay for doctor's visits, clothes, food, breakfast/lunch by myself, laundry and anything additional. What should I expect when I go to court? I am nervous about going as I make more than he does but I need help. I cannot do all of this by myself.

A: You should contact a Westchester attorney for a consultation. That said, you must prepare your financial disclosure affidavit and be prepared to present your '11 tax return, W-2 & a recent paystub. Whether you make more than him or not shouldn't matter as a percentage of support will still be based on his income (17% for 1 child, 25% for 2 children, etc.). Another good resource is David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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