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Child Support

A divorce or separation can be complicated and stressful, especially when dealing with an issue as sensitive as child support.

At Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP in Glenville, NY, we can assist with every legal aspect of child support so you can focus on your family.

The quality of our representation earned our law firm the top peer rating from the prestigious rating service Martindale-Hubbell®.

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Our office is known as the necessary destination for parents with child support needs throughout Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and the entire Capital Region. Our child support services include filing cases, determining amounts, obtaining modifications, and rectifying violations. Reach out now to receive our proven representation.

We Can Handle Filing for Child Support

Child support payments are designed to help the custodial parent be able to afford their child's daily needs and ensure a secure financial future for the child. In New York, parents are required to financially support their child until the child is 21. 

Filing for child support can be very complex, since it involves the submission of financial statements such as financial disclosure affidavits or statements of net worth as well as tax returns and pay stubs. Furthermore, the court is expected to take into account the family's total expenses, each parent's individual income, the child's needs, and the child's standard of living prior to their parents' divorce or separation

Due to the inherent complexity in quantifying child support payments, it is highly recommended that parents retain knowledgeable lawyers who can effectively persuade the support magistrates or judges to award the proper amount of payments.

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How Child Support Is Determined

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New York uses standardized guidelines when calculating how much child support the noncustodial parent should pay when the combined parental income is under $183,000. These are as follows:

  • 17% for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 29% for three children
  • 31% for four children
  • No less than 35% for five or more children

If total parental income meets or exceeds $183,000 then the court can take into account other factors when determining child support amounts.  This makes it especially important for individuals with high-earning ex-spouses to reach out to our attorneys so they can receive the tailored child support agreements they and their families deserve.  The "cap" changes every two years based upon  changes to the cost of living index, and the most recent cap change to $183,000 took effect March 1, 2024.

We Help Parents In Need Reach Out for Our Assistance

In addition to the awards described above, our attorneys have chaired executive committees, served as officers for the local bar association, lectured extensively on family law topics, and made other significant contributions to the legal community. 

The family law attorneys who lead our office have some of the most extensive track records across the state of New York. By dedicating their careers to winning child support cases, our lawyers have developed the vast knowledge necessary to obtain the best outcomes for both parent and child. To request our child support services, simply call or write to us today. 

(518) 399-5400

Lawyers at Gordon,Tepper & DeCoursey

A 5-Star Review From Glenville


Madison Dana

Schenectady, NY


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I recently had the privilege of working with Eric Tepper and the entire team at Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey. Eric's expertise, professionalism, and commitment to his clients are truly commendable, and I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of a divorce attorney. From the moment Eric took charge of my case, I knew I was in capable hands. His extensive knowledge of family law and his strategic approach to problem-solving was evident in every interaction. He swiftly assessed the complexities of my situation and developed a tailored strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Our attorneys handle cases for parents from all spectrums of the economic ladder, representing as many women as men. While attorney fees can sound daunting, winning a child support case can pay vast dividends in the long run. 

Child Support Violations

New York State conducts automated enforcement processes for parents who fall behind on their child support. These include temporarily increasing mandated payments by up to 50%, seizing financial assets to pay past-due support, and reporting the delinquent parent to the credit bureaus.

When these methods do not succeed in resolving child support issues, the parent who needs to be paid child support can file a violation petition with the court to seek manual judicial enforcement. Our attorneys can file a violation petition on your behalf that seeks outcomes such as:

Cash Deposit

The delinquent parent can be forced to deposit as much as three years' worth of child support to cover future payments. 

Property Lien

We can seek a lien on the noncustodial parent's property, disallowing them from selling or transferring it until their debt is paid.

Money Judgment

Our attorneys can quantify how much money you and your child are owed and ask the court to add a 9% interest rate on this amount until it is paid off.

License Suspension

Parents who are delinquent on their payments by four or more months may have their business, occupational, and professional licenses suspended.

Another 5-Star Review From Glenville


John Quinn

Schenectady, NY


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I was involved in a complicated divorce case. Prior to being with Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, the case had languished. Once Eric and the firm took over the case things moved along very well. The true nature of the case and what was required became apparent. Eric Tepper, Esq. and the entire staff worked extremely hard with short timeframes to prepare the necessary correspondence and filings... The staff in all areas was very responsive and communicated clearly what was needed and when. I always felt they were aware of what was needed and helped to explain the different stages, why we were doing things as we were, and felt respected at all times. 

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Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP

Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, in Glenville can represent your family's best interests during a divorce, separation, or appeal. Our highly knowledgeable attorneys have been trained at prestigious institutions and are recognized by organizations including:

  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Super Lawyers®
  • Martindale Hubbell®
  • U.S. News & World Report

To speak with one of our family law attorneys, call  (518) 399-5400 or request an appointment online.

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