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Wife Seeks Child Support

A wife had brought an application seeking child support about a year after the divorce case started.  The husband was a teacher.  He also owned a small construction company.  He made $152,000.00 in 2015.  During that same year the wife had earned $122,000.00.  In addition, the wife received substantial rental income from a variety of real estate interests she inherited from her family.


The Parties Separated

The parties separated in December 2013.  The father moved into the parties’ second home located in Sayville, Long Island.  She remained in their former marital residence.  The father had instead of paying the wife child support for the children, agreed to pay the Sayville property expenses.  In addition, he was paying medical and other insurance expenses included on both properties.  He contributed to the children’s expenses whenever wife requested as well as when the children were with him.


Child Support Denied

Justice Quinn sitting in Supreme Court in Suffolk County took note there were no allegations in wife’s submissions the children’s needs were not being met.  He further found the wife had substantial income above a teacher’s salary.  In addition, the husband’s health insurance covered all the parties’ medical expenses.  Justice Quinn found the children’s standard of living remained consistent.  Their financial and emotional needs were provided for.  He denied Elliot Schlisselthe wife’s application for child support.


Elliot S. Schlissel is a father’s rights lawyer representing fathers throughout the Metropolitan New York area for more than 3 decades. He can be reached at 800-344-6431 or e-mailed at

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Succesful black men don't marry

Today many successful African American men refuse to get married. The general reason they refuse to get married is the fear of a divorce and the huge financial negative implications of getting divorced. Many professional athletes, actors and successful businessmen are avoiding marriage. Jamie Fox and Sean Combes are two successful black entrepreneurs who excelled in a variety of different enterprises and have chosen not to marry. When a successful man who is not married has a child he is obligated to pay child support. However, in community property States such as California should he divorce he would lose half of his assets. In States like New York that have equitable distribution laws he would be responsible for distributing a portion of the assets that accumulated during the course of his marriage as well as potentially paying spousal maintenance in addition to child support. It seems a greater percentage of successful black men avoid marriage than men from other racial groups. That is not to say all successful black men do not marry.


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