Child Support

Long Island Child Support Attorney


Most child support lawyers are familiar with their jurisdiction’s laws on child support calculation but if you are searching for a child support attorney who will carefully examine every aspect of your case and not just a child support lawyer who reviews the formulas and files paperwork, we can help.


In New York child support is routinely paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent pursuant to a specific child support formula laid out by the courts presiding over the Long Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Huntington NY areas. The child support paid is intended to pay for the support, maintenance and education of the children. Generally, unless agreed upon between the parties otherwise, child support stops when a child reaches the age of 21 or is otherwise emancipated. The payment formula is provided under the Child Support Standards Act known as CSSA.


Generally speaking the CSSA provides guidelines to consider in determining a basic division of child support obligation. If you’re wondering how much is child support and how is it calculated by the child support courts, the amounts generally agreed upon for joint custody child support and custodial parent child support are different and each is calculated by looking at the combined parental income of both parents and multiplying that amount by a percentage based upon the number of children. The income used in this calculation is defined as gross income as was reported or should have been reported on the most recent federal income tax return, minus deductions for social security, New York City and Yonkers taxes. The applicable percentage is as follows:


  • 17% for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 29% for three children
  • 31% for four children
  • 35% for five or more children


A child support calculator can be found at the following link below:


Child Support Laws, Guidelines, Enforcement and Collection


In addition to child support under child support guidelines the child support court can issue child support orders that the non-custodial parent pay a pro-rata share of other specific expenses such as uncovered healthcare expenses, child care expenses incurred while custodial parent is working or in school.


Legal proceedings or child support modification proceedings concerning an existing child support order should not be taken lightly, and if you are currently needing support from an experienced family law attorney or family law divorce attorney who understands the wide variety of issues that can arise concerning child support orders, paying child support, child custody visitation rights and child custody mediation, we can help you.


The results from your judges ruling on child support determination could affect your finances for years to come. If you are facing the prospect of a child support order being obtained against you , have questions about child support, fathers rights child support, or how to obtain back child support, or if you require assistance in obtaining an award or modification in your favor contact attorney, Scott A. Felicetti for a consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case.


Not all child support lawyers will offer you the kind of personalized attention you will get when you contact us in your search for a child support attorney, and, we are more than child support lawyers and promise to work diligently to obtain the best possible results for you.

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