In New York, a parent has an obligation to support their child monetarily. Generally, the basic child support obligation (generally thought of as housing, food, and clothing) is calculated in the following percentages of the combined parental income up to a cap $154,000 - less FICA, Medicare, and local tax deductions:
For 1 child - 17%
For 2 children - 25%
For 3 children - 29%
For 4 children - 31%
For 5 children - No less than 35%
After the total combined parental child support obligation is determined, a calculation will be performed to determine how much of the combined amount each party is obligated to pay (pro rata share). The pro rata share is based on each party's income.
In addition to the basic child support obligation, other expenses may be added on such as:
unreimbursed medical expenses
the cost to maintain health insurance
necessary child care
In New York State, child support lasts until the age of 21. However, if the child is under 21 years of age, the child can be considered emancipated (which ends child support) if the child becomes married, self-supporting, or joins the military.
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