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Determining Child Support Payments in New York

The goal of New York's child support guidelines is to provide children the same standard of living after divorce they would have enjoyed if their parents had remained married. The guidelines are straightforward and provide little room for upward or downward variations.

Attorney Andrew A. Bokser can guide you through the process of determining child support in New York. With offices in Brooklyn and Garden City, he represents clients in family law cases throughout the New York City area, including Nassau and Suffolk counties.

What Are New York's Child Support Guidelines?

New York law bases child support on the parents' income and the number of children supported. The guidelines are as follows:

Number of childrenPercentage of income paid as child support
One child17 percent
Two children25 percent
Three children29 percent
Four children31 percent
Five or more children

35 percent

As of January 1, 2013, the above percentages apply to the first $136,000 of earnings each year. The court may apply a lower percentage for income above $136,000.

The guidelines take into account other children you support. However, you will have to prove to the court that the children are yours. You will also need proof of a child support agreement, such as a court order.

How Is Child Support Determined?

Child support percentages are applied to almost all earnings. Only local taxes and Social Security/Medicare contributions may be deducted.

If the payer of child support is self employed, then the amount of the payer's earnings may be disputed. Lawyer Andrew A. Bokser will use forensic accountants and other experts to ensure your children receive the support they deserve.

Discuss Child Support With Family Lawyer Andrew A. Bokser

To discuss the facts of your child support case with attorney Andrew A. Bokser at our Brooklyn or Garden City law office, call 718-834-1904 or fill out our contact form. Evening appointments are available.

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