Child Support & Paternity
Child support provides for the future financial security of our clients and their children. While the determination of child support can be highly technical, it also can require solid preparation and accounting work. This is particularly true when at least one parent has extraordinarily high income. In high-income cases, it is important to be able to demonstrate exactly how much income and assets are available for child support. Equally important is the ability to demonstrate the reasonable needs of the children, consistent with their parents’ station in life. These issues are often hard-fought, and we know how to successfully handle them for our clients.
We assist clients by creating viable solutions to meet current and future needs. If necessary, we will also work with estate planning professionals to craft trusts or funds to protect our clients’ children into the future. We bring our expertise, both professional and personal, to educate our clients as to the costs of raising children in New York City.
Over time, a family’s circumstances may change. Income may go up or down. The amount of time spent with each parent may be different, or the children’s needs may increase. When there is a substantial change in circumstances, a modification of child support may be warranted. In such cases, we are prepared to represent our clients whether they are seeking or resisting a modification of child support.
We also represent clients where establishing paternity is the first step in determining whether receiving or providing child support is appropriate. We have experience in handling these matters, especially when discretion is critical to the client’s needs.