Whenever a New York resident has a question about his or her child support obligation, it is generally helpful for the individual to consult with a family law attorney. This is because every child support order or agreement is different and will incorporate different factors that are relevant to the families and children impacted by the support outcomes. As such, readers of this blog should note that the information contained in this post is not intended to serve as legal advice and should be reviewed with a divorce or family law attorney in order to assess its applicability to a particular case.
Every year, the New York Child Support Standards Chart is updated to provide parents with an idea of how much child support thy will have to provide. The last set of standards was promulgated on March 6, 2015. The standards provide charts that incrementally address a parent's income and the annual payment amounts that he or she may be responsible for, depending upon the number of kids that the parent must support.
For example, if a parent makes less than $10,000 per year, the obligation would be $300, regardless of the number of kids that the parent has. However, if a parent makes $100,000 per year, his or her obligation would be substantially higher. If the parent has one child, the annual child support obligation would be $17,000; for three kids, the obligation for the year would be $29,000.
Based upon the information contained in the standards charts, the more money that a parent earns and the more children that the parent is required to support, the more child support he or she will have to provide.
Child support is mandated in order to serve the best interests of the children whose lives are impacted by family law matters like divorce. As stated, different factors can influence how much or how little child support a parent must provide. However, parental income is a consideration when establishing child support amounts and the state's charts can give interested parties an idea of where their financial obligations will fall.