Whether or not to get a divorce is a major question for a family’s future. An individual who is seeking spousal support and child support is typically concerned about having enough money to cover basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. The individual who is paying support is typically concerned about also being able to meet their own financial needs.
The Law Offices of Joseph S. Gulino, Jr., Esq., PLLC will help determine your financial needs and seek to protect your interests throughout the duration of your divorce, custody and support claims. Our primary goal is to assist you in resolving your troubles with as minimal a disruption to your family life as possible, while still moving forward in the best way possible.
The state of New York determines payment amounts by following a formula based on the combined incomes of each parent. When the combined income is less than $141,000 per year, the court will multiply the income amount by a percentage per child (i.e., 17% for one, 25% for two). Depending on the parent’s individually contributed income, each will be responsible for a percentage of that number. If any one parent’s earnings make up the majority of the income, he or she will pay the larger amount over time. If this parent is the one with physical custody, he or she will not be making any “payments” per se.
For combined income over $141,000, the courts will either use this same formula for the total, up to that limit, or calculate an additional payment amount based on the child’s needs. For purposes of child support in New York, any type of payments are considered income, including worker’s comp, pensions, disability, unemployment, etc. Usually, federal aid income will be adjusted to accommodate support payments. State aid public assistance, on the other hand, is not considered income and will be deducted from the combined income total.
After researching financial situations and custody arrangements of the parties, we will foresee potential outcomes for various scenarios in order to be prepared for negotiations with the other party or to fight aggressively for your needs in the courtroom.
The Law Offices of Joseph S. Gulino, Jr., Esq., PLLC will work diligently to ensure that the best interest of your child are protected. We are experienced in handling all matters of child support and will represent you with your child’s best interest as the priority. Call the Law Offices of Joseph S. Gulino, Jr., Esq., PLLC at (914) 292-9272 for a consultation.