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Some states require support of children until they are 18 and in school like New Jersey however, under New York State law, children must be financially supported until they are 21 years old. Regardless of whether or not an individual knows a child personally or lives with them, a parent is required to pay child support under the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) in New York.

The CSSA mandates support payments for a child’s financial well-being. The CSSA was enacted to keep a consistent standard of living and continuity in a child’s life, regardless of whether the parents are separated. Additionally, even if a parent is in another state or country, unemployed, or in jail they may still be ordered by a court to pay child support.


The exact amount of child support that must be paid by an individual is computed by a family court. Ordinarily, child support is a set percentage. However, the court has discretion with certain percentages if the parental earnings are over $143,000. Currently the support scale is as follows:


1 Child: 17% of parental income
2 Children: 25% of parental income
3 Children: 29% of parental income
4 Children: 31% of parental income
5 or More Children: No less than 35% of parental income


If an individual has an income that is below the Federal Poverty Line, the child support payments are generally capped at $25 per month. In 2016, the Federal Poverty Line was at $11,880. If an individual has an income that falls under New York’s Self-Support Reserve, he or she will usually pay $50 per month. In 2016, the New York Self-Support Reserve was $16,038.


The lawyers at Larry McCord & Associates, LLC have experience representing spouses in all aspects of matrimonial and family law litigation. The financial complexities in divorce cases can be overwhelming. Please contact Larry McCord and Associates, LLC at (631) 643-3084 to learn more about the firm’s services and approach to child support disputes.


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