When two parents get divorced in New York, one parent is typically responsible for paying child support. If you’re not prepared, trying to figure out how to pay child support every month can cause extra strain on your finances. While you can’t predict exactly how much you’ll have to pay, you can talk with an attorney to get a rough estimate.
How is child support determined?
The judge will take multiple factors into consideration when determining the amount of child support that you’ll have to pay. One of the most important factors is the number of children. If you’re supporting one child, you might have to pay 17% of your income. However, if you’re supporting four or more children, you might have to pay over 30% of your income.
The judge will likely take your income and your former spouse’s income into consideration. In addition to your job wages, they might consider Social Security payments, workers’ compensation, unemployment benefits and any other source of income. The amount of child support that you have to pay will typically be determined by the percentage of you and your former spouse’s combined income that you make.
Finally, the judge might adjust the amount to make sure that it’s reasonable. If the payment would leave you in poverty, the judge might reduce the amount to ensure that you can still take care of your own expenses while supporting your children. A family law attorney may give you a more detailed estimate of your child support payment.
How might an attorney help you with child support?
You have the right to make sure that your child support obligations are fair and reasonable. If you’re having trouble making the monthly payments, an attorney may help you request a child support modification that takes less money out of your paycheck.