How Do Nassau County Courts Determine Child Support Terms?
One of the most hotly-contested divorce-related issues is child support. That being said, if you are a divorcing parent, there is a very good chance that you may be worried about your ability to continue to financially support your child. If you are someone who is seeking child support payments here in Nassau County, it may be an uphill battle to receive them, however, nobody should have to fight that battle alone. For this very reason, our Nassau County divorce attorney is here to help you through every step of the process ahead. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable firm to learn more about child support in Nassau County and how we can help you receive it.
What does the Child Support Standard Act do?
In years past, New York State signed the CSSA into law so that the financial cost of raising a child is equitably proportioned between that child’s parents. There is a wide variety of factors that determine child support terms, though the two most important are both parents’ income, and a percentage of combined income between parents which is then allocated in proportion to each parent’s income. Those percentages are as follows:
- One child: 17%
- Two children: 25%
- Three children: 29%
- Four children: 31%
- Five or more children: No less than 35%
What additional factors do Nassau County courts consider when determining child support?
The top priority of Nassau County courts is your child’s best interests, so their decision will largely revolve around what they determine that to be. However, they will analyze a myriad of aspects of you and your spouse’s and your child’s life, including whether your child has any special needs, they will consider you and your spouse’s age and health, you and your spouse’s education and earning potential, and more.
When can I stop paying child support in Nassau County?
The general rule of thumb when it comes to child support in Nassau County is that parents can stop paying child support when their child turns 21 years old. That being said, there are various scenarios that may warrant an extension of child support. For example, if your child has special needs, this may be an issue that courts determine warrants an extended period of support. Additionally, if your child plans on receiving a higher education via college or otherwise, courts may determine that you have to continue making child support payments to help cover the cost of tuition. No matter your circumstances, if you feel your support agreement warrants modification, call our firm so we can discuss your options.
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