Family law is a particularly sensitive branch of legal work, especially concerning the impact it has on the personal aspects of your family dynamic. Child custody and child support are both areas of family law that require the most sensitivity, and the impact that these proceedings have on your children goes beyond the effects of divorce or parental separation. Making sure your legal team has a thorough understanding of your case, as well as experience with family law, is crucial for receiving the support you need to raise your child. In the Rochester area, no other firm compares to Trotto Law Firm, P.C.’s family law expertise.
Child support is a system of financial-related obligations given to the non-custodial parent of a child. Typically paid in monthly lump sums, child support payments are intended for use on monthly medical expenses, education, and general needs to support a child. Although somewhat similar to spousal maintenance, child support payments are directly tied to the welfare of your shared child or children and are independent of spousal maintenance fees.However, spousal maintenance can supplement your childcare expenses. For example, if you have your child enrolled in a tuition-based school system, using your monthly child support payments can be put towards tuition payments as a form of support.
The formula for determining the amount of money paid in child support per month is reliant on two large factors: combined spousal income and the number of children placed in the care of the custodial parents. For one child, 17% of the combined income of both spouses is deemed a reasonable amount to be paid in child support. For two children, this percentage is increased to 25%, three children require 29%, and four children would be 31% of that combined income. For five or more children, the minimum percentage of both spouses’ combined income is 35% but can be increased based on the needs of each child involved.
As with any financially based legal proceeding, the factors that go into deciding child support payments revolve around expense calculations concerning both parents. Ranging from income to general financial responsibilities, the factors that go into calculating child support payments go beyond the number of children in need of support, and these money-related features are the biggest aspects in determining your payment rates. Some of these labels and financial factors include:
Child support cases are all different, and the particular factors that affect the price of one case are not applicable in every instance. The obligations of both parents, especially concerning which parent is named the custodial parent versus which one is named non-custodial, play heavily in the court’s decisions regarding child support. The main factor that contributes to primary custody agreements is the court’s decision regarding which parent is better suited to raise the child, and after the establishment of custodial or non-custodial, the process of deciding payment plans for child support can begin.
Due to the specific calculations needed for each child support payment, the likelihood of similar payments coming from two different child custody cases is low.However, the basic math applied in these cases is the same. Although not universal, the process for reaching a comprehensive child support system is similar for each case. As mentioned above, depending on the number of children involved, the amount of money is based on a percentage of the parent’s combined income.
So, for example, if one parent makes around $60,000 a year and the other parent makes $90,000 a year, their combined income of $150,000 is used to determine monthly child support payments. For one child, the payment rate is 17% of that income value, which comes out to $2,125. Based on the percentage of the combined income each parent pays, they will then take over that percentage of the monthly obligation fee. In this example, the parent who makes $90,000 a year would be paying 60% of that monthly fee, which comes out to be around $1,275.
Depending on the escalation of your case, as well as whether your case is contested or uncontested, the length of your case determines the amount you pay in legal fees and services. For an uncontested case, the price of your case is typically lower, with less work going into reaching a verdict. On the other hand, contested cases will cost more money, with more time and effort going into your settlement.
Child support payments can cover children up to 21 years of age, with some restrictions regarding child independence, emancipation, or self-sufficiency beyond parental support. For example, if your child is under the age of 21 but considered “self-sufficient,” whether that be by way of marriage, military service, or emancipation, child support payments will stop based on your child’s ability to provide for themselves.
Child support is a system of financial support set up between individual parents, where the non-custodial parent provides monetary support to a custodial parent as both a way to make up for their absence and support the primary caregiver. Depending on the number of children shared between both parents, as well as individual financial responsibilities that come with each child, the support system changes to accommodate each situation.
In New York, the statute of limitations regarding child support expires 20 years after the default decision made by the court. If a default decision on child support is enforced by the court, and the non-custodial parent does not make the required child support payments by the time the child turns 21, the custodial parent has the right to request child support back payments for up to 20 years past the court decision date.
As a parent, your primary obligation is your child, and making sure you can support them is essential to providing them with the best care. In the event of a divorce, making sure your child is supported during such a stressful time is essential to helping them cope, and outside of custody, child support can provide that necessary peace of mind. Depending on your income, your ex-spouse’s income, and whether you are considered your child’s primary caregiver, your child support payments reflect these aspects of your life and aim to support you in as many ways as possible.
Besides providing emotional support, competent legal services during a child support case are crucial for determining the adequate compensation needed for your child. At Trotto Law Firm,P.C., our experienced legal team is well-versed in child support battles and can help you compile a comprehensive case, making sure you receive the benefits you need to help raise your child. For a complete list of our practice areas, visit our website and contact us for a consult today.
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