In New York State child support is calculated pursuant to the CSSA, the Child Support Standards Act. The act says that the basic support obligation of the noncustodial parent, so that’s the parent that the children don’t live with, is calculated by taking the gross income as reported in the last tax year, or should’ve been reported, of both mom and dad, so not just one parent, but both parents, and multiplying it by the appropriate child percentage income.
The question is, what’s the percentage? Well, the child percentage is based upon the number of children you have. If you have one child you’re going to pay, as a noncustodial parent, 17% of that combined parental income. If you have two children, that’s 25% of the combined parental income. Three children, 29%. Four children, 31%, and more than four children no less than 35% of the combined parental income.
Now, there are also a number of enumerated factors, 10 actually, that go into what must be paid, how it should be paid, when it should be paid, but each case is unique, and the details of your particular situation could determine or affect how those enumerated factors play into your scenario. We invite you to come in for a consultation, and will go into detail about what specifics are involved with your family, and how much you’re likely to pay, and why that is.