Understanding Child Support

Are you facing a split that has you thinking about what is going to happen afterwards? Understanding child support is extremely important if you and the parent of your child are going to be splitting up. Our Rochester family law attorney can help you get all the information you need when you meet to have a consultation. In the meantime, get to know NYS child support basics.

Understanding Child SupportThe basic child obligation is determined through the New York Child Support Guidelines, which provides a formula based on both parents’ adjusted gross Income. A fixed percentage of the noncustodial parent’s adjusted income serves as the base for the child support payment, with the exact percentage varying by the number of children to be supported. Child support is expressed as a dollar amount, together with a share of day care expenses and a portion of unreimbursed medical expenses.

The courts base child support on your income and the amount of children you have. You will be generally charged 17% of your gross income for one child, 25% for two children and 29% for three. If you have multiple child support orders, these will also be reviewed.

In many cases, the guidelines amount will represent the actual child support to be paid or received. Our Rochester Child Support Attorney will let you know whether any special circumstances might justify an upward or downward adjustment in child support in your case. A judge can adjust the obligation in either direction, but needs specific reasons to do so.

Until very recently, New York child support obligations were determined on adjusted gross income up to $80,000. The upper limit of income has been raised to $130,000. For many people paying or receiving child support limited under the old income limit, there’s a good chance you’ll be entitled to receive increased child support, or that you’ll be asked to make a bigger payment. Our experience with either side of child support modification issues can give you an advantage toward understanding the impact of the new Income limits.

Are you anticipating on ongoing child custody battle and are worried about what that means in terms of child support? Our Rochester family law attorney is here to help with understanding child support in NYS. Give us a call today to set up a consultation.

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