One of the topics we’ve discussed extensively is
child support as part of divorce cases. The divorce process, which should only affect
the couple, sadly also affects the children in the family. One of the
most important parts of the process is resolving child support.
The court’s foremost consideration in divorce cases that involve
children is maintaining the children’s standard of living. As much
as possible, resolutions revolving around children are aimed at having
them feel the least amount of pressure during the divorce process.
New York state courts use a standard guideline in calculating the non-custodial
parent’schild support award. This is based on his/her gross income and the number of children involved:
- 17% for one child
- 25% for two children
- 29% for three children
- 31% for four children
- at least 35% for five or more children.
For a combined parental income amount over $141,000, the court may consider
either the standard guideline percentages and/or other factors in setting
the full child support obligation.
With all of the factors considered in the divorce process, the parentsoften overlook “extra” items in the child’s present and
- Childcare: babysitter, nanny
- Education: private school, college, books, supplies, SATS
- Summer Camp
- Health Insurance
- Unreimbursed medical and dental expenses
- Extracurricular Activities: Sports, dance, or music lessons.
- Life Insurance
A skilled attorney should prove knowledgeable about the New York state
statutes, but the right attorney for you should help you see the important
matters you might have overlooked.
Getting the right kind of advice about child support will not only help
you protect your child from the effects of divorce — it can also
help protect your children financially.
I have over thirty years of family law and mediation experience and I would
be happy to discuss the expensive and sometimes overlooked“extras” of child support with you. If you have any questions
please feel free to