Any divorce will have a lot of factors that must be taken care of but this number increases drastically when the divorcing spouses have children together. In many instances, one of the parents will be ordered to make child support payments. Child support exists to assist the custodial parent with the expenses related to caring for the children, including clothing, shelter, and food. The custodial parent is the parent with whom the children spend more than 50 percent of their time. The non-custodial parent, or the parent that spends less than half of the time with the children, will be the parent who is obligated to make child support payments.
In New York State, child support is calculated by the number of children and the amount of income the parent makes. For one child, the parent will have to pay 17 percent of their income. Two children requires a parent to pay 25 percent, three children requires a parent to pay 29 percent, four children requires the parent to pay 31 percent, and for five children the parent must pay 35 percent.
If you have questions about whether you are required to make child support payments in New York State, contact an experienced family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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