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How is Child Support Calculated in New York?

Child support can be one of the most emotionally charged and litigious areas of divorce. In this state, it is calculated according to a formula established by the Child Support Standards Act. The non-custodial parent must pay a pro rata share of the basic child support obligation, as calculated by this formula. Parents may be allowed to agree on their own child support figure, either higher or lower, under certain circumstances.

At Jonathan E. Kroll & Associates, PLLC, we know that every child support case is different, and each family's needs and circumstances unique. Our experienced, compassionate Long Island divorce lawyer can help you through this important issue. We have been helping families resolve these personal matters since 1994. We offer unique insight into family law cases gained through years of experience, and are available as counsel to help you with this crucial issue.

To determine the basic child support obligation, the combined income of both parents is multiplied by the child support percentage, which is determined by the number of children, as follows:

  • 17% for 1 child
  • 25% for 2 children
  • 29% for 3 children
  • 31% for 4 children
  • 35% for 5 or more children

The above calculations apply to combined income up to $80,000. Amounts over $80,000 are calculated at the court's discretion. We recommend that you contact our knowledgeable Long Island divorce attorney to assist you with this part of the process. We will be happy to help you arrive at an agreed upon support figure for your family. Life is full of changes, and you may find at some future point that the child support amount originally established needs to be adjusted.

If the financial condition of either parent changes, it could affect the non-custodial parent's ability to pay child support, or the amount the custodial parent needs. Our firm can help you with modifying child support payments. Our goal is to make sure your children are well supported and to protect their quality of life.

Contact our firm to put your future in the hands of a skilled, experienced and compassionate lawyer.