NYS Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay?
In NYS, child support is based on a complex calculation that considers both parents' gross income and mandatory dues, tax deductions, cost of child care, and amount of time the child spends with each parent. The court then uses an NYS child support calculator to determine the amount of child support.
But as a non-custodial parent, you're probably trying to figure out how much you'll pay in child support and perhaps, how to bring down the cost. At DoNotPay, we help parents know what they're supposed to pay and lower costs if necessary.
How to Calculate NYS Child Support on Your Own
Usually, the court does the calculation for you. However, suppose you wish to try it out by yourself. In that case, you should know that New York State, like many other states, follows the Income Shares Model, which bases on the concept that before separation or divorce, the combined parental income was used for the benefit of all family members, including the child. With this model, the child support award is the estimated share of both parents' income that would have been allocated to the children if the parents lived together.
How Is Child Support Calculated in New York?
In NY, the court calculates the amount based on both parents’ gross annual income and the number of children who requested support. It combines the income and multiplies it by the appropriate child support percentage (depending on the number of children).
For example, you have most of the physical custody of two children and make $10,000, while your ex-spouse makes 20,000. After combining the two incomes, the court multiplies the total, $30,000 by child support percentage, which is as follows:
- 17% of total income for one child
- 25% of total income for two children
- 29% of total income for three children
- 31% of total income for four children
- No less than 35% of total income for five or more children
Using our example, that would be $30,000 x 0.25 = $7,500. The $7,500 is the basic child support obligation.
You'd be responsible for 33.3% or $2,475 because your income accounts for 33.3% of the total parental income ($30,000). On the other hand, your spouse will be responsible for 66.6% or $4,950. So, your ex-spouse will pay child support of $4,950 every year. And since you have physical custody of the children, the court will assume you're spending your share directly on the children's expenses.
Lowering Child Support Payments if You Can’t Do It Yourself
Calculating child support can be challenging, especially when you have to figure everything out all by yourself. In addition to being complex, the process is also lengthy and frustrating. If you are having a hard time calculating, demanding, or lowering child support payments, you might benefit from working with DoNotPay. DoNotPay helps people like you navigate child support issues and will be instrumental in your case.
Demand Child Support Payments With the Help Of DoNotPay
Through DoNotPay's Child Support Product, we will help you determine NYS child support payment and demand for payment from your ex-spouse. All you have to do is:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
Why Use DoNotPay to Determine Child Support Payment in NYS?
Trying to figure out your child support payment can be cumbersome. There are many legal processes to juggle, which can leave you drained and confused. DoNotPay takes this stress out of the process, allowing you to solve the problem fast, efficiently, and successfully.
DoNotPay Works Across All States With the Click of a Button
Each state has different rules and regulations regarding child support, making the entire process confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, DoNotPay has child support guides for each state. Find yours below:
DoNotPay does a great job helping you with child support issues. Our child support product lets you calculate, demand, and even lower child support payments. But these are only a segment of what DoNotPay does. We can also guide you through issues like:
- How child support works
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- How long child support is paid
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