When two New York parents decide to separate or end their marriage in divorce, they will have to make many difficult decisions about how they will continue to provide for and love their children. Some of their decisions will focus on child custody, such as where their kids will live and how the parents will make choices about raising them. Other decisions will address their children's financial needs.
Child support is the financial maintenance that parents pay to ensure their kids have what they need to live. Both of a child's parents are expected to provide money to support them even if their relationship with their spouse has ended, and parents who do not have custodial rights often provide more child support than parents who are responsible for their children's day-to-day needs. Child support is either ordered by the courts or agreed to between parents and once support plans are adopted they must be followed.