Although 2013 has barely begun,
there are clear signs that this will not be a good year for New York fathers
trying to lower their child support obligations. Last week, I discussed a recent decision
issued by New York's Fourth Department that rejected a father's request for downward modification of child support based on
his loss of employment. The Fourth
Department upheld the trial court's determination that reduction of support was
unwarranted because the father was responsible for his loss of employment and
there was insufficient evidence of the father's efforts to find a new job.