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Attorneys Summarize New York Child Support Guidelines

Queens lawyers inform you about child support obligations

Child support affects not only the finances of the supporting parent, but also the well-being of the child. Our family law attorneys at Sager Gellerman Eisner Attorneys at Law answer your questions about New York child support guidelines and help you arrange a fair level of support.

Understanding New York State child support guidelines

New York State courts use standard guidelines to calculate what the noncustodial parent should pay in child support. The calculation is based on the noncustodial parent’s adjusted gross income and the number of children involved. The court first determines gross income, and then makes certain deductions (including Medicare, Social Security and New York City tax) to establish adjusted gross income. The court then multiplies the adjusted gross income by the standard guideline percentage for the number of children. The percentages are as follows:

  • One child — 17 percent
  • Two children — 25 percent
  • Three children — 29 percent
  • Four children — 31 percent
  • Five or more children — no less than 35 percent

Other factors in determining child support

The guidelines are a starting point for calculating child support, but they aren’t the last word. The court also can consider such factors as:

  • Any financial resources in the name of the child
  • Any special physical or mental health needs of the child
  • Any nonmonetary contributions to the child’s welfare by the noncustodial parent
  • Expenses related to visitation

When family circumstances change and the court order is no longer appropriate to your situation, we can help you get a child support modification.

Let our family law attorneys work for a fair child support order for you

The attorneys at Sager Gellerman Eisner Attorneys at Law have 85 years of combined experience in sorting out the details of child support obligations. We are particularly sensitive to the issues surrounding child support disputes involving professionals and high-net-worth individuals. You can reach us through our online contact form or call us at 347.625.1038 for a consultation. We serve clients in Nassau and Queens Counties and the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.