Child Support

Understanding New York City Child Support

boy-437971_6401We have experience representing parents from all economic backgrounds and income levels. We work hard to make sure that you are able to fully receive the New York City child support needed for your children to be taken care of. New York City child support is determined by specific guidelines.

The New York City Child Support Statutory Guidelines

The Child Support Standards Act was developed to ensure that child support awards in New York State were fair and consistent. The goal is to give children the same standard of living they would have if their parents were together.

The law states that the basic support award be set at a fixed percentage of parental income, depending on how many children for which an order is being requested:
• 1 Child…………………17%
• 2 Children……………25%
• 3 Children……………29%
• 4 Children……………31%
• 5+……………At least 35%

These percentages are applied to almost all parental earnings up to $136,000 minus Medicare, FICA and NYC tax deductions. New York City child support or spousal support actually paid, based on a court-order or written agreement may also be deducted before calculating the child support order. Earnings include worker’s compensation, disability payments, unemployment insurance, social security, pensions and many other forms of income. After $136,000, the court can choose whether or not to use the percentage guidelines.

In addition to the basic support award, the New York City child support order must include medical support, which means health insurance and payments for any out-of- pocket medical expenses for the child. Either parent may be required to provide health insurance coverage for the child, if it is available at a reasonable cost. The basic award may be increased to include a pro-rated share of child care expenses, if the custodial parent is working or in school. In addition, the court may increase the award to include a pro-rated share of educational expenses for the child.

Our Unique Approach to New York City Child Support

Our goal is to handle each divorce with the utmost discretion and professionalism. Our firm presents a unique team approach to divorce actions. We will provide you with a team of knowledgeable lawyers available provide you with advice and insight. On each of our cases, attorneys are always available for consultation and assistance. Each of our clients are provided with our personal cell phone numbers and we are available 24/7 to help you with all your needs. Contact Daniel Szalkiewicz & Associates, P.C. for personalized attention to your child custody matter.