How is child support calculated in New York?

In New York State, there are a number of provisions regarding child support that ensures the custodial parent will be able to provide the child with everything they may need. The New York State Child Support Standards Act requires the noncustodial parent, or the parent that spends less than 50-percent of the child’s time with them, to make child support payments to the custodial parent. One question that many noncustodial parents ask when they are drafting a parenting plan is how much they will be required to pay.

Child support in New York is calculated based upon the combined income of both parents and the number of children that the parents have together. If the parents have one child together, the noncustodial parent will be obligated to pay 17-percent of the parents’ combined income. For two children, the percentage increases to 25. A noncustodial parent with three children will be obligated to pay 29-percent; for four children, 31-percent; and for five or more children, at least 35-percent.

The court will also take a few other factors into consideration when determining child support. these can include earning capacity and current income, debts, special needs of the child, and more. It is important that the parent with a child support obligation makes these payments on time and in full. If you fail to make child support payments, you will be held accountable and may find yourself in legal trouble down the road.

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