The Significance of New York Child Support Laws
All parents have a responsibility to support their children, regardless of any changes that may occur within the family structure. Child support is a financial obligation that helps ensure children are adequately provided for following the divorce of their parents. New York child support laws are designed to provide a level of certainty and stability for children of divorce by removing any guesswork involved in determining who is responsible for a child’s wellbeing.
Family Law Attorneys with Child Support Expertise
In New York State, child support is determined in the first instance as a percentage of a portion of the parents’ combined income adjusted gross income. Decisions regarding child support affect both the parent who is expected to pay and the parent who is the recipient of the child support payment. At Miller Zeiderman Wiederkehr & Schwarz LLP, our attorneys provide you with the knowledge and guidance necessary to navigate all matters related to child support. Regardless of the complexities of your situation, our professional team of family law attorneys will create a plan that provides you with the best opportunities for reaching your goals.
According to the New York Division of Child Support Enforcement, the percentage of a parents’ adjusted gross income used in determining orders for child support payments are:
- 17% for one child
- 25% for two children
- 29% for three children
- 31% for four children
- 35% or more for over five children
In addition to these standard percentages, the non-custodial parent may be responsible for paying additional childcare, education, and medical expenses. All sources of income—including Social Security payments, workers’ compensation payments, and disability benefits—are taken into consideration when calculating child support payments.
Enforcement of New York Child Support Orders
The New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement seeks to ensure that all New York residents owed child support have the ability to collect it. To register with the New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement, custodial parents may have to pay an annual $25.00 service fee. The attorneys at Miller Zeiderman Wiederkehr & Schwarz will assist in preparing the necessary court filings to ensure you collect all support payments that are due to you.
Divorced and unmarried parents seeking child support should also contact Miller Zeiderman Wiederkehr & Schwarz LLP to speak with an attorney. We can help secure a court order that will allow you to begin receiving the child support you are due.
Divorce Lawyers Helping You Collect Child Support Payments
If you are ready for a court to determine your child support—whether you will be the payor or recipient—or to collect past-due payments, contact Miller Zeiderman Wiederkehr & Schwarz LLP today. We service Westchester County, White Plains, New York City, Manhattan, Putnam County, Orange County, Rockland County, and the Lower Hudson Valley.