How Child Support Amounts Are Calculated in New York

If you are facing a divorce in New York, you likely have questions about how our state handles child support. In New York, you may be required to make child support payments even if you share custody 50/50 with your co-parent. In these situations, the parent who earns less is usually treated as the “custodial parent” and the other parent pays child support accordingly. 

New York has its own formula for determining how much your child support payment will be. You can visit the calculator to get an idea of what to expect. 

If you want to calculate your child support yourself to see how it works, you can do so in three relatively easy steps:

  1. Calculate the combined income for yourself and your co-parent. Determine your pro-rata share of this figure and your co-parent’s pro rata share of this figure.
  2. Find the percentage of your total shared income that will need to be devoted to child support according to CSSA:
  • 17% for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 29% for three children
  • 31% for four children
  • 35% for five or more children
  1. Find your share of that percent of your total combined income.

This may not seem fair if you are providing significantly for your child in the portion of their time that you have custody. Fortunately, your divorce attorney can help you demonstrate how you do or will lessen the other parent’s financial burden in this way, and it is likely that family court will adjust the calculation to reflect your unique individual situation.

Do you have more questions about child support payments, divorce, or custody in New York? If so, the Drucker & Mattia team is here to help. We have extensive experience in dealing with these matters and would love to guide you through these processes. Give us a call today at 718-458-2312.

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