NY Child Support Guidelines and Requirements
The State of New York takes child support seriously and makes every effort to help custodial parents collect the child support payments owed to them. Anyone with questions about New York child support payments and enforcement can get answers at the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance[CK1] website. The guidance of a knowledgeable attorney is crucial in these matters.
The New York Child Support Standards Act, known as the CSSA, governs child support guidelines across the state. There is basic child support, which is based on the first $130,000 of combined parental income, as well as incomes exceeding $130,000. There are add-ons for unreimbursed medical expenses and childcare.
Child support formulas
For parents with combined incomes under $130,000, the CSSA applies the following statutory percentages:
- One child: 17 percent
- Two children: 25 percent
- Three children: 29 percent
- Four child: 31 percent
- Five children: 35 percent
The share of this child support is based upon the percentage of total income each parent earns. A parent who earns three-fifths of the combined income is responsible for three-fifths of the child support. There are also ten factors listed in the CSSA that the Court can consider when determining child support, including the following:
- The financial resources of the parents and the child
- The physical and emotional health of the child
- Tax consequences to each party
- The educational needs of either parent
- Whether the child is receiving public assistance
About child support enforcement
Child support covers the needs of the child, including food, shelter, clothing, education and medical services. The Division of Child Support Enforcement provides custodial parents with assistance in obtaining the financial support and medical insurance coverage they need for their children. They also help locate deadbeat parents, establish paternity, and collect delinquent payments.