Child support in New York follows the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA), which is a federal law that most states follow. Child support, if left to the court to decide, is determined by a formula, based upon the gross incomes of the respective parties and the number of children. Child support is going to be calculated according to that formula. However, there are instances where parties will agree to deviate from the CSSA and will come up with a different arrangement for child support. As long as the court will approve it, the parties can agree to pay less, or sometimes even more, than what child support through the CSSA would otherwise dictate.
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