When people get married and have children in New York generally they believe they will be together to raise the children. This means that they will share the responsibilities for guiding the children through life and providing for their financial needs. However, the reality is that some marriages end in divorce. Divorces can happen when the children are at any given age. It could be when they are young or it could be when they are about to graduate from high school or even from college.
Whether parents are married or not, they both must contribute to their children's financial needs and most of the time the non-custodial parent must pay the custodial parent child support. The amounts will vary from couple to couple, but basic support is determined by the parent's combined income and the number of children they have together. There are exceptions and different factors that may change the amount of child support the parents ultimately pay.
In some situations, the parents could be paying child support for many years. New York law requires parents to pay child support until their children are 21-years-old. There are a few exceptions. Child support stops before the children are 21-years-old if the children get married, join the military or become self-supporting. Also, child support could stop after the child turns 17-years-old and moves out or stops listening to their parents' commands.
There are many parents in New York who are no longer together. So, there are also many parents who pay child support. It is important to understand not only how child support is initially determined, but also how to modify it if circumstances change over the years they are paying it.