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It is the parents' obligation to support their children until the age of emancipation; sometimes beyond. In New York, parents must support their children until the age of 21. Divorcing parents must address child support unless they have come to a just and fair agreement outside of court that mitigates the impact of the split on the life of the child. If a couple cannot come to terms, a family law judge may establish a support structure that is fair to the family and meets the best interests of the child. For most cases, New York courts will follow the New York State Child Support Guidelines to come to a decision. These guidelines employ the Child Support Standards Act’s calculations and assess a multitude of other factors related to the needs of the child and the circumstances of the family. If you face a contested divorce based on the unresolved issue of child support, our firm is here to help. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. has over 20 years of experience fighting for our clients. Through divorce matters, it is important to have quality legal support on your side. Our firm understands that the stakes are high and we will work tirelessly to help you through these tough times. For a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C.

Child Support

What is the NYS Child Support Standards Act?

New York takes into consideration many factors that lead a judge towards a final decision on the matter of child support. To make the most equitable decision, courts follow the calculations of the New York State Child Support Standards Act as a base amount. The goal is to continue the standard the child is accustomed to. Taking a percentage of the combined income and distributing it amount the parties in proportion to individual income up to $80,000, the Act will calculate a fair amount. The greater the number of children, the greater the percentage.

  • One child- 17%
  • Two children- 25%
  • Three children- 29%
  • Four children- 31%
  • Five or more children- no less than 35%

Other factors that impact child support

According to the guidelines, there are many other significant factors that courts will assess to determine a fair child support order. Possibly the most significant factor for child support is the decision of child custody. Whichever parent wins physical custody will spend more money on the care of the child. Accordingly, the non-custodial parent may be obligated to pay more child support to offset the cost of the child custody arrangement, mitigating the impact of the divorce on the family. Other factors that are significant include earning capacity, income, debts and assets, education, tax implications, financial resources, age, health, and the academic and social life of the child.

The conclusion of child support

Many parents wonder how long child support lasts when they are issued this obligation by the court. Child support is presumed to end at the age of 21, though there are some major exceptions. When a child is deemed “emancipated” or financially independent, the parents no longer need to support them. If a parent can prove that a child over the age of 18 is “emancipated”, the court may rule in favor of terminating the support obligation. Other times, a child may need support past college.

Contact a Suffolk County child support attorney

Child support is a significant matter for divorcing couples. It is important that you have an experienced law firm on your side. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. has over 25 years of experience helping individuals through tough, emotional matters. Whether you are the primary caregiver or non-custodial parent, it is important that you protect your rights. When experience matters, our firm is here to help. Contact our firm for a consultation today.

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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