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Answers to common New York child support questions

Whether a parent is expecting to make support payment or receive them payment, parents will usually have many questions regarding the support order. Child support is simple in the fact that it is based on the best interests of the child. There are other factors that influence the specific amounts allocated in each family situation. In New York, there are a few things divorcing or separated parents should know about child support payments.

For instance, New York uses a standard guideline to determine child support and is based on each parent's income and how many kids are involved. The family court multiplies the combined income of both parents by a certain percentage depending on the number of children they have. There is a 17 percent multiplier for one child, 25 percent for two children, 29 percent for three children, 31 percent for four children and at least 35 percent for five children or more. The more children the couple has, the more expensive child support is, which is fairly intuitive.

The biggest difference with New York child support versus other state systems is that the total is then split between the two parents, depending on their percentage of the combined income. Based on this, the custodial parent then receives the appointed child support payment once per month. The non-custodial parent will be expected to pay the child support payment per court order.

This child support formula is only applicable to combined incomes of 144,000 per year or less. If parents make a higher combined income, the formula likely will change. Most families do fall in the 144,000 and under category. Since the formula is more complicated in New York than other states for child support, a full understanding of the process is key to the achieving the best outcome.

Those dealing with child support issue should take steps to fully understand how to address and resolve them. This will ensure the needs of the children are protected and their best interests are met.

Source:, "Your New York child support case: the basics," Accessed Jan. 11, 2016

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