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Child Support! What You Need to Know!


The role of parents is to provide love, care and stability for their children. When parents decide to divorce, children are often the first to suffer. Sometimes children get lost in the complicated procedures of custody and visitation.

Children sense something sad is happening in their family. The continuation of providing love, support and stability is very important. Supporting your children financially is imperative.

If you are thinking about divorce, continue to provide your children with love and support, continue reading so you can learn more about how child support works.

1. What is Child Support?

Child support is financial support provided by the noncustodial parent. It includes cash payments based on the parent's income and the needs of the child, health insurance, payments for child care, and payments for reasonable health care costs not covered by health insurance.

Under New York law, parents are responsible for supporting their children until the child is 21 years old. The state has a child support program which can collect and distribute child support payments and enforce orders when payments are not made. A parent, guardian, caretaker of a child, or child who needs support can apply for these services.

2. What Are the Child Support Guidelines?

The court uses a guideline to calculate what the noncustodial parent will pay, based on the noncustodial parent's adjusted gross income and on the number of children involved, after making deductions such as Medicare, social security and New York City tax.

Then the adjusted gross income is multiplied by the standard guideline percentage for the number of children as follows:

.17% for one child;

.25% for two children;

.29% for three children;

.31% for four children; and

.at least 35% for five or more children.

Then the noncustodial parent's share of these expenses is added to the income percentage amount and the combined amount is the basic child support amount. This formula is applied to the first $154,000 of joint parental income. For combined parental income over this amount, the court may consider either the standard guideline amount and/or other factors in determining the child support obligation.

3. Who Pays Child Support?

All parents have a legal responsibility to support their dependent children to the extent that they can. A parent with custody usually has most of the day-to-day expenses of child-raising, and may be entitled to receive child support from the other parent. This entitlement to child support may continue even if the custodial parent remarries or starts to live with someone else.

4. When Does Child Support End?

Dependent children are entitled to child support. A dependent child is any child under the age of 18, but child support doesn’t end till a child is 21 unless:

• the child has married, or

• the child is 16 years of age or over and has voluntarily withdrawn from parental control Child support might also continue after a child turns 18 years of age if the child is unable to be self-supporting because he or she:

• has a disability or illness, or

• is still going to school full-time.

5. When to Apply for Child Support?

If children are living with a parent after their parents have separated, the parent can apply for child support. This usually happens after a separation that leads to divorce. I often suggest filing for child support and custody at the same time. It is important to address these issues as soon as possible.

If you have questions about child support or need help obtaining child support, please call me. I will be happy to discuss the child support guidelines with you.

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