In New York, child support is calculated as a percentage of up to $80,000 of the total combined income of both parents.
There are several steps to calculating child support in New York.
1. Calculate the Total Combined Income of Both Parents
First, to calculate the total combined income of both parents, courts will add together the total gross income of both parents, from all sources, based on the previous year’s tax returns.
2. Subtract Any Applicable Deductions from the Total Combined Income
Second, the court will subtract any applicable deductions from the total combined income to determine the adjusted income amount. Applicable deductions that can be subtracted from the total income include:
3. Determine the Percentage of Income to Be Paid as Child Support Based on Number of Children
Child support is then calculated as a simple percentage of the adjusted income amount based on the number of children being supported.
If one child is being supported, 17% will be paid
If the total income of both parents is more than $80,000, the New York court has discretion to apply the same system, and usually will.
Finally, the court will assign a pro rata share of child support that each parent must pay based on the amount each parent contributes to the total income. This amount is equal to the individual parent’s total income divided by the combined income of both parents.
Each parent is responsible for additional support, such as medical expenses and daycare costs.
New York courts can always modify child support orders, if warranted by a change in circumstances.
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