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Calculating Child Support in New York

How much child support will my divorce involve?

One of the first questions that many people have when their divorce involves children is "How much child support will I pay / receive?" At the Law Offices of Donald Mastrodomenico, P.C., we understand this concern and we are here to help. Every divorce case is different and will result in a different court order for child support. The amount of support that your case will involve can be decided between you and your spouse, or it can be decided by a family law judge in a contested divorce case.

New York Child Support Guidelines

Every state has its own laws regarding how the amount of child support is determined for a given divorce case. In the state of New York, child support guidelines are found in N.Y. Family Court Act § 413. The New York State OTDA, Division of Child Support Enforcement also provides a simplified Child Support Standards Chart.

The basic New York child support percentages (of the parents' annual income) are as follows:

  • One Child: 17%
  • Two Children: 25%
  • Three Children: 29%
  • Four Children: 31%
  • Five+ Children: No less than 35%

Child Support: Uncontested vs. Contested Cases

The percentages above are not set-in-stone guidelines for child support. Uncontested divorce cases could result in a different percentage of support if the two parents agree on it. In contested divorce cases, child support is decided by the family law judge presiding over the case. If the judge has reason to believe that the child's best interests require additional support than the percentages above, then he or she may order higher amounts of support.

Hire a Queens Child Support Lawyer.

The Law Offices of Donald Mastrodomenico, P.C. understands New York's child support guidelines and can help ensure that you receive a fair court order for child support. Whether you are the paying parent or the receiving parent, we will put your interests and those of your child first.

Contact us today at (718) 268-8111 to discuss your case with a member of our team!

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  • Dedicated Exclusively to Family Law

    Our sole purpose and focus is to help clients with their family law and divorce issues. That is all we do.

  • Low Flat Fees

    We do not have hourly rates and clients are not billed for phone calls. We follow a flat fee structure for both contested and uncontested divorces.

  • Timely Resolutions

    There is no other law firm that gets you divorced faster than us. For uncontested divorces, the documents are prepared and waiting for you before you walk in the door.

  • Unparalleled Experience

    No other firm in the greater New York City area has handled more divorces than our firm in our 37 years.

  • Clients Are Our Priority

    Not our pocketbook or ego. With our firm, you get caring, professional, and competent legal representation.

  • Staying Current With the Law

    We have weekly office meetings to review noteworthy legal decisions and implement such strategies into our own cases.

  • Continuing Education

    We are firmly committed to attending continuing legal education programs and find ourselves at the speakers' podium long after all other lawyers have left for the evening.

  • Untarnished Reputation

    In our 37 years, while handling 700 cases per year (400 divorce cases and 300 family court cases), we have a spotless record with the New York State Bar!

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