According to New York State government divorce laws, children under the age of 21 are entitled to support payments from the non-custodial parent. The support is calculated after first calculating the gross income (income before taxes are taken out) of both parents. Income may also include any benefits the parents may have from pensions, disability, retirement, fellowships, unemployment insurance, etc.
After calculating the incomes of both parents, the incomes are combined and then divided by a percentage based on how many children the parents have together: One child = 17%, Two children = 25%, Three children = 29%, and so on.
For example, if one parent makes $30,000 per year and the other parent makes $50,000, then the combined income is $80,000. If they only have one child together, the combined income of $80,000 would be multiplied by 17%. This would amount to $13,600, which the custodial parent would only be responsible for 25% of, with the remainder left for the non-custodial parent to pay. The non-custodial parent, having to pay 75%, would be obligated to pay $10,200 per year, or $196 per week.
The hearing examiner can order a different amount based on several factors, such as the financial resources of each parent and tax implications.
Formulas may vary depending on the state you live in, so it’s suggested that you do your research according to your state of residence to determine how much child support you will either be receiving or supplying. This is free information you can find through government websites.