Will I Have to Pay Child Support if I Don’t Have Visitation in NY?

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There are few things more important in life than providing your child with sufficient resources to have a happy and stable home. That being said, if you don’t have physical custody of your child, and especially if you don’t even have visitation rights, it may feel as though you play a very small role in raising your child. For this reason, you may wonder if you’re required to pay child support even if you don’t have visitation. Please continue reading and reach out to a competent Nassau County child support lawyer from Barrows Levy PLLC today to learn more about how child support works in New York State. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Will I have to make child support payments even if I don’t have visitation rights?

Non-custodial parents, or parents who don’t have custody of their children, are still responsible for contributing financially to raising their children. Even if you don’t have visitation rights, you will still be required to pay child support at least until your child reaches the age of emancipation. There’s no getting out of it.

How else do courts determine child support agreements in New York State?

Courts will consider a wide array of factors when determining a child support agreement, though they will primarily base these agreements on the child’s needs and the supporting parent’s income, as well as the guidelines set forth in the New York Child Support Standards Act. The more you make, the more you’ll have to pay, most likely. That said, courts will sometimes consider additional factors if they consider the bare-bones calculation to be unfair to the child or parent. Some of the additional factors they’ll consider are as follows:

  • Whether the child has any special needs
  • Your child’s age and health
  • Whether either parent has debts or liabilities
  • Tax consequences
  • Your child’s education
  • Your custody agreement
  • The number of children you have

If you have any additional questions about how child support works in New York State or how our firm can help ensure your child gets everything they need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced Nassau County family law attorney from our firm today. We are here to help.


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