Child Support

Parents who are separated or divorced have a responsibility to ensure the continued care of their children. The main way that the courts in New York ensure that parents continue caring for their children after a separation is through child support payments. If you need a Manhattan child support attorney by your side, you can contact Randi L. Karmel, PLLC for help with your case today. Attorney Karmel has extensive experience handling complex matrimonial and child support situations, including properly calculating support payments, handling any necessary modifications, and dealing with unpaid child support issues.

Who has to pay child support in Manhattan?

Under the law in New York, both parents are required to financially support their child until that child turns 21 years of age. If a child under the age of 21 is married, self-supporting, or in the military, then the child will be considered emancipated, and the parents will not have to pay child support.

How is child support calculated in Manhattan?

As an experienced matrimonial attorney in Manhattan, Randi Karmel knows how confusing it can be to properly determine how much child support you will pay. First, we strongly suggest that you work with a skilled attorney to help you through this, regardless of whether or not child support payments are part of the overall divorce process or if you are simply separated from the other parent.

The Child Support Standards Act in New York was developed to ensure that child support awards in this state are consistent and fair. This law developed a basic support calculator that can be used to help determine how much child support will be owed in your case. The presumptive New York child support obligation is calculated by multiplying both parents’ combined incomes by a certain child support percentage, which we have listed here:

  • For one child: 17% of the combined parental income
  • For two children: 25% of the combined parental income
  • For three children: 29% of the combined parental income
  • For four children: 31% of the combined parental income
  • For five or more children: At least 35% of the combined parental income

For non-custodial parents, their obligation will be based on their pro-rata share of the combined parental incomes listed above. Additionally, a family law judge may order the non-custodial parent to pay a pro-rata share of the child’s education expenses, child care, and medical expenses. These sums are above and beyond the basic child support calculations.

Call our Manhattan child support attorney today

If you are struggling to figure out child support payment issues, you need to stop and contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible. When you turn to Randi L. Karmel, PLLC, you are getting an advocate who has extensive experience handling all aspects of child support payments in Manhattan and throughout New York. Attorney Karmel will be able to analyze your entire financial and child support situation and help ensure that you are being treated fairly. When you need a Manhattan matrimonial and child support attorney, you can contact us for a free review of your case by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224 (Manhattan) or 718-923-0877 (Brooklyn).