Understanding child support in New York will prepare you in what to expect during your divorce. Check out this article, then call our Rochester attorney.
Determining child support may have you feeling a lot of worry especially when you are not sure what it is going to work out to be. Understanding child support in New York will prepare you in what to expect during your divorce.
Determining Child Support
Child support in New York is based upon your income and the number of children you have. For one child, it’s 17% of your adjusted gross income, for two children it’s 25% of your adjusted gross income, and for three children it’s 29%. Your adjusted gross income is what you make minus deductions for certain expenses that the court recognizes you would be allowed to deduct. Some people have multiple child support orders. Other orders are deducted from your income. What you pay for certain taxes is deducted as well.
Options to Collect Child Support
Child support is collected either by getting the money directly from the person who is supposed to pay it, or in New York State you can use the Child Support Enforcement Unit. The Child Support Enforcement Unit is a collection agency for child support orders and they help you collect the money. They will garnish the wages of the person who is supposed to pay. In the event that person is not paying, the Child Support Enforcement Unit can actually suspend their driver’s license, can seize their bank accounts, can intercept their tax refunds, and can actually even take some of their property from them.
Not Being Paid Owed Child Support
After an order has been entered, sometimes people don’t get paid the child support that they’re entitled to. The law allows for enforcement of those orders. We can take somebody back to court and get a judgment against them. The Child Support Enforcement Unit will sometimes suspend their driver’s licenses, they will seize bank accounts, they will seize income tax returns, and they can even seize vehicles and any other property that you have in order to take that property to satisfy the child support obligation.
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