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Understanding New York Child Support Laws

Child support payments are often made from one parent to another after they have divorced. Payments of child support are governed by the Child Support Standards Act within the New York State Domestic Relations Law and the Family Court Law. Under this act, the amount of child support as well as who can be required to make these payments is regulated. In most cases, the non-custodial parent will provide the custodial parent with monthly support payments based on a percentage of his or her income to support the mutual minor children.

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To determine the amount of child support that will be paid, the supporting party’s adjusted gross income is multiplied by a percentage for the number of children who are to be supported. The percentages for child support in New York are as follows:

  • 1 child – 17%
  • 2 children – 25%
  • 3 children – 29%
  • 4 children – 31%
  • 5 or more children – 35% or more

Child support obligations can be adjusted based on the specific needs of the children. Payments from the non-custodial party can include:

  • Health insurance coverage
  • Uninsured health-related expenses
  • Daycare expenses
  • Educational expenses
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If either parent needs to have the amount of child support adjusted, post-judgment modifications may be requested and obtained. Due to a change of circumstances in either party’s life, you may need the legal guidance of our firm to pursue a modification to your support order. We can also help enforce child support orders if obligations are not being met. At Sunshine & Feinstein, we can help you navigate your case successfully. Our goal is to protect your rights and ensure that the child’s best interests are given the highest priority.

Contact our firm at your earliest convenience and discuss your situation with our divorce lawyer in Long Island!