Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support if My Spouse and I Agree to Share Custody?

Accel Admin   July 28, 2015   Comments Off on Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support if My Spouse and I Agree to Share Custody?
  • New York State law requires one party to be designated as the residential custodial parent and the other parent as the non-custodial parent.
  • This obligates the non-custodial parent to pay child support.
  • Parties can agree to deviate from the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA), which provides the presumptively correct amount of child support based on incomes of the parties and number of children under 21.
  • An even split of time spent with the children is not a legal reason to negate child support payments.
  • NY follows the CSSA, but parties can agree to deviate from it to provide what they consider to be more fair.