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The Child Support Standards Act in the State of New York requires that a non custodial parent pay to the custodial parent child support in a percentage. If there’s one child, it is generally 17% of your gross income less social security tax. If there’s two children, it’s 25% of your gross income. If it’s three children, it’s 29% of your gross income. If it’s four children, it’s 32% of your gross income. If it’s beyond four children, it’s up to the discretion of the court, and it’s going to be over 32%. 

How does a child support get determined? According to Child Support, it’s based on your tax returns. Your W-2 and your paycheck stubs are some of the things that the court is going to examine. In addition to the basic child support obligations that you are required to pay, there are other elements of child support that are called statutory add ons. These are statutory expenses associated with child care for when the custodial parent is either working or going to school. That doesn’t mean that you have to pay for child care when the parent who has custody of the kids is going out on a date on a weekend or something like that. It’s for purposes of school or work. 

You will be required to pay for health insurance as well. The children are required to be insured through health insurance. You are going to be required to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses. And then there is also stature add ons for purposes of enhanced educational experiences. 

This information does not constitute legal advice.