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Child Support: What You May Have Overlooked


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 future expenses:

  • 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 contact us.