When New York parents decide their relationship is no longer sustainable, they may ponder a divorce, separation or permanent breakup. A parting of ways can have many financial implications. One of the most significant is how any children from the relationship will be cared-for and supported. In most cases, this question is answered through the family law topic of child support.
In New York, it is generally the custodial parent who seeks support from the non-custodial parent. Thus, parents who divorce or break up must also come to an agreement regarding child custody. If parents are divorcing, child custody will typically be addressed during divorce proceedings. If unmarried parents break up, child custody will need to be established before child support can be obtained.