Expertise in New York Child Support Law
The New York child support lawyers at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP help clients determine child support payments at the time of divorce, and also help clients modify or enforce child support arrangements after a divorce has been finalized. With decades of divorce and family law experience, we are able to explain how child support in New York is calculated, and effectively assert the rights of custodial and non-custodial parents.
Our child support lawyers, NYC-based, serve clients throughout the New York City area, in addition to Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, and Suffolk.
Seasoned New York City Child Custody Attorneys Explain Child Support in NY
New York child support laws hold parents responsible for the financial support of their children until a child reaches 21 years of age. When a parent does not live with his or her child, he or she is required to pay child support to the custodial parent or to the person who is taking care of the child. Child support includes:
- Cash payments based on the parent’s income and the needs of the child; and
- Health insurance or medical support for the child; and
- Payments for child care; and
- Payments for reasonable health care costs that are not covered by health insurance or regular medical support; and
- Typically payments for educational expenses and extra-curricular expenses.
Under child support laws in New York, support payments are based on combined parental net income. Each parent is required to submit a Statement of Net Worth to the court, which is a form listing all of a person’s financial information in detail, including income, expenses, assets, property, and debts. Once the court determines each parent’s income, it will add the amounts together and multiply that number by a percentage, depending on how many children the parents have together:
- 17 percent for one child
- 25 percent for two children
- 29 percent for three children
- 31 percent for four children
- No less than 35 percent for five or more children
The resulting amount is then divided based on the proportion of each parent’s net income to the combined parental net income. This final calculation determines how much a non-custodial parent will be required to pay the custodial parent in child support.
Preparing a Statement of Net Worth and calculating child support payments is difficult without a skilled and experienced New York City child support lawyer. Our attorneys will explain the child support guidelines, and how the process of paying and receiving child support works in New York.
Contact a Knowledgeable New York Child Support Lawyer
Parents confronted with divorce need a knowledgeable New York child support attorney to help them navigate complex NY child support laws, and ensure support arrangements are fair based on income and need. Please contact Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP at 212.867.9123.