When a couple with one or more children gets a divorce, they should expect to have to deal with the issue of child support. Whether they are receiving the child support or they are the one making these payments, it is a factor that they will have to deal with for years to come. Something that many people who are new to this system are concerned about is how much of their income they will be paying into child support or receiving from a former spouse each month. Child support payment generally last until the child is either 18 or 21, depending on whether or not they choose to attend college. The state of New York has made it relatively easy to calculate the amount of money that the non-custodial parent will be responsible for providing the custodial parent with on a monthly basis. This amount of money that you can determine using the state’s child support calculator is not always the amount you will definitely be paying, but it is a good idea of what you can expect to pay based on your income.
The amount of money that is calculated for child support depends on the number of children that you are required to make monthly support payments for. If you have one child, it will be 17-percent of your monthly income. It increases with each subsequent child. Being the parent of 5 or more children will require you to spend at least 35 percent of your income each month on child support payments. The state has further outlined these provisions in their child support standards documents that are available on their website. If you have any questions regarding what you can expect as far as your particular situation, it would be beneficial for you to contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney.
Leslye M. Schlesinger serves Rockland and Westchester County with compassion and integrity. With over 30 years of experience guiding clients through matrimony law, she now focuses on helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need an effective and committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.