Parents in New York need to provide for their children as they raise them. This includes providing the basics such as food, clothing and shelter, but there are many other expenses that parents pay for their children. Parents pay for health insurance and other medical expenses. When their children are younger, they may need to pay for child-care. There are also costs for extracurricular activities, entertainment and many other expenses.
Parents need to pay these expenses whether they are married or not as well. How parents pay for their children’s needs may change after a divorce though. The children may reside with one parent more than the other after the divorce. It can be easy to just have the parent who has the children provide for their financial needs as well. However, it is important that both parents continue to provide for their children financially even if they do not have them in their care as much.
To ensure that both parents are contributing financially, there may be an order in place ordering one parent to pay the other child support. The amount that parents pay depends on a couple different factors. The main factor is the income of each parent which is combined for child support purposes.
The combined income is then multiplied by a percentage. If the parents have one child it is 17%, for two it is 25%, for three it is 29%, for four it is 31% and 35% for parents with five or more children. That number is then divided between the parties pursuant to the percentage of the total income each spouse earns. That amount is what one parent will pay to the other for basic support. Child support obligations can also include amounts for health insurance and child-care.
There are many parents in New York who are divorced or no longer in a relationship with the other parent. In these situations, parents will need to determine child support as they move forward. Experienced attorneys understand child support calculations and may be able to guide one through the process.