How much will I receive/have to pay for child support?

  • In New York, there is a part of the law called the Child Support Standards Act which sets up a formula to determine the amount of child support considering, among other things, the parents’ incomes. The Court may grant a “variance” from the set formula based on certain factors.
  • The current statutory formula percentages are as follows:
    • One Child 17%
    • Two Children 25%
    • Three Children 29%
    • Four Children 31%
    • Five + Children no less than 35% What about day care expenses?
  • If the custodial parent is working or going to school, the Court may require each parent to pay his/her pro-rata share of child care expenses. These pro-rata shares are normally calculated by determining what proportion of the parents’ combined income each parent’s income makes up.