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A major concern for both parents who have split up is will child support be required, and if so, how much will it cost? New York has guidelines in place to help determine the amount of child support the non-custodial parent will pay. Our New York divorce lawyers explain how the court makes this decision.

Deciding Child Support Factors

The calculation of child support in the state of New York is made based on several factors, including the number of children a non-custodial parent has. Child support is also determined by the level of income the individual earns regularly with a judge determining how much child support should be paid based on a formula. In some cases, the judge can increase or decrease the level of support provided based on the needs of the child and both the parents.

The formula that is used by courts in New York is determined by the guidelines created by the Division of Child Support Enforcement. This body is responsible for enforcing child support orders and making certain the requirements of the Child Support Standards Act are met. One of the reasons why the provision of child support is so important is the custodial parent caring for the child or children regularly is considered to be providing their required level of support regularly.

The Amount Depends on The Number of Children 

The formula the Child Support Enforcement Agency of New York uses when a petition is made for child support is that a non-custodial parent should be providing 17 percent of their annual income for a single child. The level of child support on offer for a child changes with the number of children being supported with two children seeing the level of child support rise to 25 percent. The level of financial support required continues to rise until a non-custodial parent with five or more children provides 35 percent of their income to their children living with a custodial parent.

 If you are facing child support issues in New York, contact Eiges & Orgel today at (347) 848-1850 to learn more about your rights and responsibilities.

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