Children’s Aid Fights for Children’s Support from Both Parents
One of the most effective ways of raising the standard of living for children in New York City is by insuring that they receive adequate financial support from both of their parents. The Children’s Aid Society offers advice and assistance to parents who are seeking court-ordered agreements, relating to the financial and medical support of their children.
In New York State, the Family Court presides over matters relating to child support; Children’s Aid offers assistance to those who need to go to court to obtain child support. Brochures and information available from Children’s Aid helps educate families about who is responsible for paying child support, how to obtain a court-ordered child support agreement and what services are provided by the City’s Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).
OCSE services include: determining the location of the non-custodial parent, a summons service, assistance with establishment of paternity, child support, medical support orders, and collection and enforcement of those orders.
By law, both parents are responsible for the support of their children, even if the parents are not married to each other, or are minors. There are, of course, times when a parent cannot afford to make monthly payments, particularly in these difficult economic times. In certain situations, courts are able to order modifications of support orders.
For all parents, custodial and non-custodial, information about their rights and about the Family Court system is of utmost importance. Fortunately, The Children’s Aid Society is helping to educate those parents … and in turn is helping New York’s children attain a more just standard of living.