Yes, in the interest of ensuring that children in a divorce have adequate financial resources, parents who have a 50/50 custody agreement are still subject to New York’s child support guidelines.
In this case, the parent who earns more money will be ordered to pay child support to the parent who earns less, as a way of distributing the parental income more evenly.
Parents can use contracts to waive the support obligation, or develop an alternative agreement that works for them.
The judge must ratify any alternatives, or the reasons why an immediate withholding should not be issued.
It’s important that both parents think through these issues carefully and understand the implications of any alternative plan, which may include tax issues and more.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you build a strong framework for an alternative child support arrangement that can meet with approval from a judge in Queens.
Call us today at 718-523-1111 and speak to a Queens child support attorney for free.