Your Trusted Child Support Attorney in New York, NY

Divorces can be difficult, and this is especially true if there are children involved. Child support will often have to be determined in order to care for the child financially. Parents can work together to create a legal agreement on the amount that will be paid. If the parents can’t agree on a payment, however, the court will have to make a decision for them. Generally speaking, the court will use a specific formula to determine the amount, taking into consideration things such as the parents’ incomes, how often they’ll be caring for the child, and other factors.

Calculations for Child Support

In 50/50 joint custody, child support will be:

  • 17% of the combined parental income for one child
  • 25% of the combined parental income for two children
  • 29% of the combined parental income for three children
  • 31% of the combined parental income for four children, and
  • no less than 35% of the combined parental income for five or more children.

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Child support is used to cover the basic needs of the child, including things such as food, shelter, clothing, and other costs. In addition, it may also be used to cover things such as healthcare or childcare. In many cases, the court may choose to issue a temporary child support order while the case is still ongoing.

Don’t have income or can’t afford to pay? The court should consider whether your share is inappropriate given your financial situation. If your income has significantly changed, you can ask the court to reduce payments based on your hardship. Reach out to a child support attorney today and learn more about how to file a petition for modification in New York, NY.  Michael Ian Black, Esq., is a family attorney prepared to help clients with matters related to child support. Consider contacting him today for more information.

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