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How is child support calculated?

They say that knowledge is power. This is true about most things throughout life, including one's ability while going through the phases of a divorce. Knowing what to expect and what could happen can only help you make the right decisions and say the right things during the process of a divorce. This holds true for many of the decisions including but not limited to child custody, child support, alimony and even property division.

If you suspect you will be going through a child support proceeding, it could be in your best interest to know what to expect. While some courts have set formulas for determining how child support payments are calculated, other courts will consider all factors and make their own ruling. As is often stressed, the decision typically will revolve around what is in the best interest of the children.

Several factors they will take into consideration include either the gross or net income of each spouse, additional income such as stock valuation, lottery winnings and even other benefits such as a company car. They will also look to see whether the child has any special medical or education needs, and they will also include recreational and extra-curricular activity costs as well.

If you are about to enter into a divorce with children involved and suspect there will be child custody and child support payments to be made, regardless of which side you are on, it may be in your best interests to speak with a Westchester County lawyer familiar with family law to learn how to proceed. By working with an experienced lawyer, you can gain insights and learn about the laws and how child support is calculated. Furthermore, having legal representation as you enter divorce could prove to be beneficial and may help you obtain your wishes and protect your rights.

Source: the spruce, "How Child Support Payments Are Calculated," Debrina Washington, June 17, 2017

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