Child Support

Rockland County Child Support Attorney

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In New York State, parents are obligated to support their children until the age of 21. In times of divorce, separation, and other legal matters, courts have the authority to order parents to follow a support structure that meets the best interests of the child. New York courts often follow the NYS Child Support Guidelines to determine a fair and just child support structure. The goal of child support is to lessen the impact a divorce has on a child’s life. There are many factors that courts will consider to determine what is fair to the parents and best for the child. If you face a contested court case over child support, contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. for a consultation.

The Child Support Standards Act

The Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) fairly allocates the financial obligation to support a child. The goal of a child support structure is to continue the child’s quality of life. According to this Act, child support will be determined by taking a percentage of the combined income and distributing the support amongst parties in proportion to individual income up to $80,000. The number of children that must be supported changes that percentage.

  • One child- 17%
  • Two children- 25%
  • Three children- 29%
  • Four children- 31%
  • Five or more children- no less than 35%

Other factors that impact a child support determination

There are other factors that can impact a child support structure. For example, if one parent has physical custody, the other may have to pay more to cover the extra cost for housing, feeding, transporting, and clothing the child more often. Other factors about the parents include:

  • Earning capacity
  • Income, debt, and assets
  • Education
  • Work history
  • Tax implications
  • Financial resources

Some child-related factors include:

  • Needs
  • Age and health
  • Academic needs
  • Financial resources

When does child support end in New York?

Child support should end at the age of 21, though this is not set in stone and many factors can determine a different child support obligation. Some people are even obligated to support their children through college and beyond. Generally, one or both parents will request that their child is emancipated in the eyes of the court. If the request is granted, the child will have been deemed financially independent and the parents will be free of the obligation.

Contact an experienced child support attorney

The Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. has over 25 years of experience serving people from Rockland, Westchester, and Orange County who face contested child support. If you are a parent who needs effective legal support through the process of divorce, contact our firm to assess your case, guide you through your legal options and passionately represent your needs in and out of court. If you need our help, contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. for a consultation today.