This case is groundbreaking because the Court awarded joint residential custody and joint decision making.
Long Island, New York (PRWEB) August 28, 2014
The law firm of Sari M. Friedman, PC, reports a groundbreaking decision in the divorce case of JH vs. KM (Index No. 09207/20122 of the Supreme Court of Suffolk County), in which a Suffolk County Court awarded joint residential custody and decision-making, and deviated from the Child Support Standard Act (CSSA) to institute a more equitable distribution of support.
In this case, both the Plaintiff (wife) and the Defendant, (husband,) represented by Friedman’s firm, were requesting sole and residential custody of their three children, ages sixteen, eleven and ten, and sole decision-making.
The most important issues in this case were child custody, parenting time and the amount of child support. According to the CSSA, the parent that earns greater income (in this case, the father) pays the other parent 29% of their net income, even if they share custody.
After considering several factors, primarily the best interests of the children, the Court awarded joint custody with an equal split of residential custody between parents, and deviated from the CSSA, by reducing the amount of child support awarded to the Plaintiff from 29% to 17%.
The Defendant was authorized with final decision making regarding medical care, discipline, social activities and attendance at family functions.
Kate Ryan, Esq., attorney for the Defendant stated “My client felt he was branded the non-custodial parent even before the trial. This case is groundbreaking because the Court awarded joint residential custody and joint decision making.”