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Calculating basic child support in New York

Not all parents stay together in New York. Some of these parents may have never been together when they had a child, but others may end up divorcing at some point in time, while the child is a minor. Many times, one parent will end up with the child more often than the other parent. However, this does not mean that the parent is responsible to provide for most of the child's financial needs when they have them.

The non-custodial parent, most of the time, will be required to pay child support to the custodial parent. The amount of child support is determined by the child support guidelines.

The first factor that is used is the income of the non-custodial parent. He or she will have to pay a percentage of their gross income, minus certain taxes paid, such as social security and Medicare.

The percentage of income they pay is based on how many children the parents have together. If there is one child, the non-custodial parent will pay 17 percent of their income, for two children it will be 25 percent, for three, 29 percent, for four children, 31 percent and for five or more, it will be at least 35 percent. In addition to these percentages of income, the parents will also be required to share the costs of health insurance premiums and share uninsured medical expenses of the children.

Many parents have to pay child support in New York. The non-custodial parent generally has to pay a percentage of their income to the custodial parent to help meet the child's financial needs. The amount is based on the guidelines, but there can be deviations based on the specific circumstances of the parents. Child support can be more complicated than it may appear on the surface and understanding the laws can be important to ensure the proper amount is paid.

Source: NYC.gov, "Child Support Handbook for Non-Custodial Parents," accessed on Sept. 6, 2016

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