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New York Child Support Proceedings
In New York child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent for the support, maintenance and education of the children. Voluntary gifts, clothes, transportation, vacation expenses or rent for the benefit the child may not be considered "child support". The custodial parent is not usually required to account for the child support in New York State.

Child support stops when a child reaches the age of 21 or is earlier emancipated. The parents may agree to support their children beyond the age of 21, for example, until the children graduate from college.New York State Child Support Standards Act Guidelines: Child support in New York is calculated pursuant to the New York Child Support Standards Act ("CSSA") (Domestic Relations Law §240(1--b) and Family Court Act § 413(1)(b)).

The guidelines contains tables which consider the gross incomes of both parents and appropriate deductions. The "basic child support obligation" is calculated by multiplying the "combined parental income" by the appropriate "child support percentage." "Income" is defined as "gross income as was or should have been reported on the most recent federal income tax return" less deductions for social security and New York City and Yonkers income taxes."

The "child support percentage" is fixed as follows:
a) 17% of the combined parental income for one child;
b) 25% of the combined parental income for two children;
c) 29% of the combined parental income for three children;
d) 31% of the combined parental income for four children; and
e) no less than 35% of the combined parental income for five or more children.

In addition to ordering the payment of child support, the Court can order the non-custodial parent to pay his\her pro rata share of the child's future reasonable health care expenses not covered by insurance and the reasonable child care expenses when the custodial parent is working or attending school. The Court also has discretion to order the non-custodial parent to pay the costs of present or future private, special or enriched education for the children.

Enforcement of Child Support in New York: When the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, a court order or judgment for support may be enforceable by means of garnishment, wage deduction, income execution, liens on property or contempt. In New York child support arrears are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Modification of Child Support in New York: Until each child is emancipated, the court has the power to modify custody, visitation and child support in the event of a demonstrated change in circumstances. The modification could result in a change of custody or visitation, or an increase or decrease in the support obligation. Remarriage of either parent does not automatically result in a change of circumstances. In New York, a child is emancipated when he or she marries, joins the armed services.

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How Manhattan based divorce attorney Ingrid Gherman can help you:

As a New York child custody lawyer also handling issues of child support and visitation, Ingrid Gherman understands that this is often the most disputed in a divorce with deep emotional and monetary impact on all parties.  She understands that it is the duty of an attorney dealing with child custody and visitation matters in NY to always fight for what is in the best interest of the children and that this is the basis on which New York courts determine how child custody, support, and visitation are granted.  These issues are often them most controversial component of a divorce and Ingrid Gherman, a highly experienced lawyer in matters of child custody, support, and visitation, knows how to help her client who is dealing with these issues.  In cases such as these, a child custody lawyer must also understand that the courts in New York City will often appoint a law guardian if there is a disagreement between the divorcing parents on issues of child custody or visitation.  It is therefore essential that a NY divorce and child custody lawyer understand the rules governing law guardians in New York State and how to negotiate for the most effective child custody and visitation schedule for her client.  She will take the time to discuss with her client the factors for New York courts determining child custody award so as to fashion a legal strategy that will bring a result that will win her client’s rights and also an outcome that is in the best interest of the child or children.


Ingrid Gherman, P.C.

225 Broadway, Suite 1405

New York, New York 10007

Phone: (212)941-0767

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