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Child Support

The most important thing for divorcing parents to remember about child support is that it is intended to provide for the support, maintenance and education of their children. It is not a reward that is paid to the custodial parent, nor is it a form of punishment for the non-custodial parent.

In Nassau County and Suffolk County, as in most of New York State, child support is determined by a state-mandated formula that assigns a certain percentage of income to be paid on a scale that increases as the number of children increase. Currently these percentages are[1]:

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

However, there are a number of factors that determine what is counted as income as well as how the child support will be apportioned between the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent. This is not a simple matter and, once your divorce becomes final, you will have to live with the child support you have been granted or ordered to pay unless and until you are able to modify it (see Post-divorce Modification and Enforcement). Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, or if you and your spouse are fighting over custody, you will want to be sure any support payments are as fair to you and your children as the law will allow.

The attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. have over twenty-five years of experience advising clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County on all aspects of divorce, including child support issues. We will stand by you during this stressful time and help you work through these difficult negotiations. We will listen to your concerns compassionately and calmly and give you honest advice about what you can expect from the Courts and the Judges. We will help you put your emotions aside and focus on what is most important – the health and security of your children.

Call or email the attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. today to discuss how we can help you with your child support issues.

[1] Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Division of Child Support Enforcement,

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