In New York, the amount of support a parent must pay is calculated using guidelines established by the state. Courts follow this standard guideline as a way of ensuring that the support amount paid by one parent or both parents is just and fair to both the child and the parents. The court's primary consideration, however, is that the child support is in the best interests of the child.
Parents in New York want to send their children to the best schools possible. Sadly, with education costs soaring the few decades, this aspect of raising a child is becoming harder to manage. Even though education might be a principal need along with daily living expenses and health coverage, meeting that need can be hard for parents who have separated, are divorced or who never married.