Centers throughout New York State work with families to build parenting plan agreements, including custody and visitation schedules. However, relatively few centers are able to address issues of Child Support. This area of practice can be complex, stressful, and fraught; but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile. Parenting planning discussions often hang on monetary issues, and Child Support is at the core of these discussions.
This training will discuss the history of Child Support in New York State, as well as the text and requirements of the Child Support Standards Act. Participants will learn to perform the (sometimes complex) calculations required by the Act in many different family situations, and to make the results easily understood by the parties. The huge variety of options for deviation available under the law will be discussed, allowing the participants to offer maximum flexibility to their parties in custom-building an agreement. The facilitator will offer tips for mediating the issues common to these types of cases, as well as building an agreement that parties can understand and courts can accept. The group will learn how to walk the line between offering parties information about Child Support without giving legal advice. Finally, the training will allow plenty of time for practice, role-play, questions, and discussion, to ensure that every participant understands the full extent of the options and requirements available and is comfortable with the subject material.
This curriculum has been approved by the Unified Court System to train and certify new mediators in the practice of Child Support Mediation. It is normally fourteen hours over two days, and the fee is $1,750 plus expenses.