ENFORCING AND MODIFYING CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
After going through a divorce, one parent is likely to end up with primary custody of a child or children. In normal circumstances, the non-custodial parent will be responsible for paying child support to help pay for the needs and education of the child, and the custodial parent is usually not required to account for the child support he or she receives.
Things such as voluntary gifts, clothes or transportation are not considered as child support. If you need assistance in any legal matter involving child support, knowledgeable legal help is available to you from a New York divorce attorney at any time.
CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT
How exactly is child support calculated in New York? Any basic obligation is calculated by multiplying combined gross parental income by the child support percentages listed below:
- For one child: 17% of the combined parental income
- For two children: 25% of the combined parental income
- For three children: 29% of the combined parental income
- For four children: 31% of the combined parental income
- For five or more children: No less than 35% of the combined parental income
In some additional cases, a judge may order the non-custodial parent to pay a share of the child or children’s health care expenses, child care expenses, or education expenses, above and beyond basic child support. When a non-custodial parent does not meet their legal child support obligations, wage garnishments, property liens, income execution may be instituted through a court order or judgment. When a child reaches the age of 21 or is legally emancipated at an earlier age, child support will stop.