Child support has always been a hot-button issue for divorcing parents. The same is true for parents of children with severe mental disabilities. While many minors grow into contributing members of society, individuals with mental disabilities may depend on their custodial parent much longer.
Recently passed legislation will ease the burden on parents with disabilities by expanding child support. If your family qualifies under the new law, consult Randi L. Karmel, PLLC, to discuss your case. Our New York City child support attorneys will evaluate your case and discuss your options. Schedule a consultation with a family law attorney to discuss your unique matrimonial or family law matters by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224. We serve clients in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

New York Expands Child Support

Gov. Kathy Hochul approved extending the age of child support for those with developmental disabilities to the age of 26. Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh sponsored the bill as a “lifeline for custodial parents to care for the meet the needs of their children.”
Walsh also noted that for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, “this important piece of legislation recognizes that just because a child or adult child dependent reaches the age of 21, their day-to-day needs do not end.”

Under the new law, New York courts will be able to award child support for adults with mental and developmental impairments if they meet the following guidelines:

  • The child was diagnosed with a mental disability as a minor
  • The financial conditions of the parents follow the Child Support Standards Act
  • If the financial support of the child has been disproportionately placed on the custodial parent

What To Do if You Qualify?

Intellectual and developmental disabilities affect thousands of children. Once grown, they are still very dependent on their parents and may not be able to support themselves independently.

According to statistics gathered by The Achievable Foundation:

  • An estimated 17% of Americans suffer from an intellectual disability
  • 15% of children have a developmental disability
  • The lifetime costs of having a mental disability can reach up to $2.4 million

If you are a custodial parent of a child or young adult with intellectual or developmental disabilities, you may qualify under the new legislation. Contact Attorney Randi L. Karmel today and learn how you can protect your family.

Contact a New York City Family Law Attorney Today

If you have a child or a young adult that qualifies for child support under the new law, it is important to know your rights. A family law attorney in New York City can advise you of your best interests and guide you through the crucial steps to take.

At Randi L. Karmel, PLLC, our knowledgeable legal team is here to help. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your unique matrimonial or family law matters by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224. We currently serve all five boroughs.