Child Support

Suffolk County Child Support Attorney

Representing clients facing NY child support issues

New York parents are obligated to support their children until the age of 21. When parents divorce, the matter of child support will be significant and must be addressed. If a couple cannot come to terms outside of court, a judge will have the authority to establish a support structure that meets the best interests of the child. In New York, courts follow the NYS Child Support Guidelines to determine child support in contested cases. This takes the Child Support Standards Act’s calculations and the other factors that impact child support to determine a fair and just support structure. Everyone’s goal, especially the court’s, is to mitigate the impact of the divorce on the child. If you face a contested divorce based on the unresolved issue of child support, it is important to have quality legal representation on your side. To know more about the topic or to discuss your legal matter, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc.  for a consultation.

The Child Support Standards Act

In New York, the financial obligation of the parents regarding child support is fairly decided by following the terms of the Child Support Standards Act. The goal of the Act is to continue the quality of life for the child. The act takes a percentage of the combined income and distributes the support amongst the parties in proportion to individual income up to $80,000. The greater the number of children, the greater the percentage.

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

Other factors

There are many factors that will impact one’s child support structure. One of the most significant factors in a child support case is who is assigned physical custody. The non-custodial parent may be obligated to pay more per month to offset the custodial parent’s cost for housing, feeding, transporting, and clothing the child more. Other factors related to the parents include earning capacity, income, debts and assets, education, tax implications, and financial resources. Some of the more significant child-related factors include the age and health, academic and social life, and financial resources.

When does child support end?

As stated above, child support ends at the age of 21, though there are some major exceptions. There are some instances of parents having to support their children through college and beyond. When a child is considered financially independent, they are called “emancipated.” If the parents can prove that the child is emancipated before the age of 21 but over 18, a court may rule in favor of child support termination. Once the state determines that a child is financial independent, the parent’s obligation is over.

Contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc.

Child support is a complicated matter for divorcing parents. It is important to have quality legal support when facing litigation based on contested child support. Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. has nearly a decade of experience fighting for the rights of clients when divorce is a reality. If you need effective representation, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. for a consultation.