When two people have a child or multiple children together but aren’t married or are going through a divorce, they may end up creating a custody agreement. When a custody agreement is put in place, a child support arrangement will also be necessary. The noncustodial parent will be required to make payments to the custodial parent that will go towards everything the child needs to survive.
One question that many non-custodial parents ask is how much they can expect to pay. New York State has a system to determine how child support is calculated. The courts determine child support payments by taking the net gross income of each parent and multiplying it by a percentage that is dependent upon how many children the two parents have together. If the parents have one child together, they will multiply the combined net income by 17-percent. For example, if the combined income is $100,000, the non-custodial parent will have to pay $17,000 in child support payments that year.
If the parents have two children together, they will have to pay 25-percent of the combined income. For three children, the percentage increases to 29-percent. If the parents have four children, the non-custodial parent will pay 31-percent of the combined net income. Finally, for five or more children, the non-custodial parent will have to pay at least 35-percent of the combined net income.
If you have questions about how your child support calculations will be determined, contact an experienced attorney today.
Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation.