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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!