What You Need to Know About Child Support in New York
In New York, there are a number of different factors that courts consider when making child support determinations. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to our firm today to speak with a dedicated and experienced Nassau County child support attorney.
How do New York courts determine child support?
Child support determinations are made based on a variety of different factors in the state of New York. The Child Support Standards Act sets a uniform system in place to help in making decisions regarding child support payments. The formula for calculating child support in New York is established on a part of the combined income of each parent and the number of children that require financial support. If the combined parental income exceeds $143,000 the court will use the following child support percentages:
- One child- 17%
- Two children- 25%
- Three children- 29%
- Four children- 31%
- Five or more children- at least 35%
The court may also look at the following in addition to the above formula:
- Whether you or your former spouse have hefty medical bills
- Your gross yearly income
- How many children are in your household
- Your child’s age
- Whether your child has any special needs
- Whether your child is pursuing a higher education
Can I change my child support agreement?
You can change your child support agreement, however, you will want to note that this is not always a straightforward process. In order to adjust child support, you will have to demonstrate to a court that a significant change in finances has happened. Some circumstances that may merit a modification include the following:
- A change in federal income tax law
- An increase or decrease in income
- Loss of job, or, on the flip side, a promotion
- A spouse remarries
- A spouse loses their home
- The supporting parent has suffered a significant medical injury or condition
At what age does child support end?
The age of emancipation from child support is 21 in the state of New York. This typically means that child support can terminate when your child turns 21. However, in some instances, child support can be extended, or terminated early. An example of this can be seen where child support is extended if your child plans to seek higher education.
To learn more about child support in New York, reach out to our skilled Nassau County child support attorney today. Our legal team is on your side.
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