Buffalo Lawyer Strives for a Fair Child Support Order for You

Achieving your child support goals in the Buffalo and Greater Niagara region

The calculation of child support starts with a statutory formula, but in the course of handling hundreds of divorces and family court matters for more than 20 years, I've learned that obtaining a fair level of support is not simply a matter of applying a formula. At the Law Office of Linda M. DiPasquale in Buffalo, we work to get the best child support arrangement for you.

To make sure that a client is not paying too much or receiving too little in child support, I examine all the factors, including time spent by each parent with the children, the income of each parent, and the educational and medical needs of the children. I will seek a modification of a child support order when an initial order was unfair or is now inappropriate. A modification may be called for if there's a significant change in income, living arrangements or the needs of the children.

I also can tap a network of professionals, including forensic accountants, to help support your case.

Child custody lawyers know that child support matters are often complex. As a Buffalo lawyer who has handled such cases for more than two decades, I have seen the full range of possibilities, including parents who are self-employed, parents who are hiding income, parents who become disabled and parents who lose a job.

How the child support process works in New York

In our state, the level of child support is determined by guidelines in the New York Child Support Standards Act. Adjusted gross income of the parents is calculated according to a formula, and a fixed percentage, depending on the number of children, is applied to the adjusted gross income to determine the child support obligation of each parent, subject to some exceptions.

These exceptions include cases of very high or very low incomes. The amount of support also may be adjusted based on such factors as day care costs, the length of residency of the child with each parent, educational costs and medical expenses. An experienced child support attorney must analyze each element of the calculation so the resulting obligations are fair to the parents and the children.

Call a compassionate and skilled child support lawyer in Buffalo

To schedule a consultation about your child support situation, call me at 716.882.5532 toll free, or contact my office online. The Law Office of Linda M. DiPasquale is centrally located in downtown Buffalo, one block from the family and supreme courts. We serve clients in Buffalo and throughout Erie and Niagara counties. For your convenience, appointments may be scheduled during early morning, evening or weekend hours. When you retain the Law Office of Linda M. DiPasquale you'll know that your family law matters will be handled with care.