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New York State Maintenance & Child Support Calculator

Please note: This calculation tool is designed purely for informational purposes. It does not create an attorney-client relationship and we make no representation as to whether results computed here will match an eventual child support or maintenance order. Each case is unique. For detailed information regarding your divorce, child support or maintenance issue, it is advisable to discuss your circumstances with a qualified New York matrimonial lawyer.

Calculator based on Section 236 and Section 240 of the New York Domestic Relations Law.

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Plaintiff
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Income

Other Income (only enter amounts not included on a previous line)

Investment income (Minus amount spent as part of the investment)
Deferred Compensation
Workers’ Compensation
Disability Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Social Security Benefits
Veterans Benefits
Pensions & Retirement Benefits
Fellowships & Stipends
Annuity Payments
Any Other Income

Items Attributable to Income
(Only enter amounts not included on a previous line)

Deductions

Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes
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New York City & Yonkers income taxes
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Maintenance (formerly known as alimony)

If one parent is paying maintenance (alimony) to the other, those payments are considered in the child support calculation. This tool offers three options for entering a maintenance amount:

  • Maintenance based on the state guidelines
  • No maintenance
  • Maintenance in an amount agreed upon by the parties

Income of the party paying maintenance

Income of the party receiving maintenance

Where the party paying maintenance is also paying child support, the maintenance will be the lower of:

20% of Income of the party paying maintenance

25% of Income of the party receiving maintenance

Result #1

And

40% of the combined income*

Income of party receiving maintenance

Result #2

Lower of Result #1 and Result #2 (if both results are lower than zero, use "0") Maintenance obligation based on Self-support Reserve **

*Combined income equals the income of the party paying maintenance up to $192,000, plus the income of the party receiving maintenance.

**Where the guideline amount of maintenance would reduce the payor's income below the self-support reserve for a single person, the guideline amount of maintenance shall be the difference between the payor's income and the self-support reserve. If the payor's income is below the self-support reserve, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that no maintenance is awarded


Where the parties have no children or the party paying maintenance is not paying child support:

30% of Income of the party paying maintenance

20% of Income of the party receiving maintenance

Result #1

And

40% of the combined income*

Income of party receiving maintenance

Result #2

Lower of Result #1 and Result #2 (if both results are lower than zero, use "0") Maintenance obligation based on Self-support Reserve **

*Combined income equals the income of the party paying maintenance up to $192,000, plus the income of the party receiving maintenance.

**Where the guideline amount of maintenance would reduce the payor's income below the self-support reserve for a single person, the guideline amount of maintenance shall be the difference between the payor's income and the self-support reserve. If the payor's income is below the self-support reserve, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that no maintenance is awarded

Duration of Post-Divorce Maintenance

The maintenance law (effective January 23, 2016) sets forth an “Advisory Schedule” which the courts may use to help determine the duration of post-divorce maintenance.

Date of marriage:

Date divorce action commenced:

Length of marriage:

ADVISORY SCHEDULE

Length of Marriage

Up to and including 15 years:

More than 15, Up to and including 20 years:

More than 20 years:

Duration of Maintenance

15% to 30% of length of marriage

30% to 40% of length of marriage

35% to 50% of length of marriage

Guideline Duration of Post-Divorce Maintenance:

(15% of length of marriage)

- TO -

years,
(30% of length of marriage)
Basic Annual Child Support Calculation

If the parties have agreed on an annual maintenance amount, enter that amount here.
If no maintenance will be provided, enter “0.”

Adjusted income of PlaintiffDefendant used to calculate child support

Adjusted income of PlaintiffDefendant used to calculate child support

Combined Parental Income

Income of non-custodial parent

Non-custodial parent’s share of combined parental income

Custodial parent’s share of combined parental income

Child support obligation to be shared by both parents on annual income up to

Basic child support obligation to be shared by both parents

(With one child, this amount is 17 percent of combined annual income. Two children = 25 percent, three children = 29 percent, four children = 31 percent, five or more children = 35 percent)

Basic Annual Payment Obligation: Plaintiff pays the DefendantDefendant pays the Plaintiff

(This does not include add-on expenses. The judge can always revise the figure based on what he or she believes to be in the child’s best interests under Section 240 of the Domestic Relations Law).

Basic Annual Payment Obligation: Plaintiff pays the DefendantDefendant pays the Plaintiff

Non-custodial parent’s income after child support obligation is deducted:

(This does not include add-on expenses. The judge can always revise the figure based on what he or she believes to be in the child’s best interests under Section 240 of the Domestic Relations Law).

Low Income Exemptions

Poverty level adjustment
If the non-custodial parent’s adjusted income after child support is deducted is less than the poverty level ($12,760 for 2020), the basic annual child support obligation is $300.

Self-support reserve adjustment
If the non-custodial parent’s adjusted income after child support is deducted is greater than the poverty level ($12,760 for 2020), but less than the self-support reserve level ($17,226 for 2020), the basic annual child support obligation is either $600 or the difference between the non-custodial parent’s income and the self-support reserve level, whichever is greater.

Income of non-custodial parent after child support is deducted:

Is non-custodial parent eligible for low-income exemption?

Annual Child Support Obligation Incorporating Low Income Exemption: Plaintiff pays the DefendantDefendant pays the Plaintiff

Add On’s

Child Care

Annual Cost of Child Care

(Payments to child care providers necessitated because the custodial parent is working, attending classes or is enrolled in a job training program)

Non-custodial parent's proportionate share of child care expenses (based on percentage share of combined parental income)

Non-custodial parent's share of child care expenses (in dollars)

Health Care

Annual cost of health insurance premiums for the children

(If none, enter “0”)

Health Care Adjustment for non-custodial parent

Total of Add-on Expenses: Plaintiff pays the DefendantDefendant pays the Plaintiff

Discretionary expenses for health care, child care or some other expense added to, or subtracted from non-custodial. parent’s annual child support obligation.

Support Obligation

Annual:

Monthly:

Semi-Monthly:

Bi-Weekly:

Weekly:

Total child support obligation on combined annual income up to $154,000:

Percentage dedicated to child support:

Combined child support:

Additional child support obligation for income exceeding $154,000:

Percentage dedicated to child support:

Combined child support:

Total combined income:

Percentage dedicated to child support:

Combined child support: