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Your Child Support on Long Island Questions Answered

chld support on long island nyAs a Divorce Attorney on Long Island, I regularly counsel clients on issues of Child Support and Child Custody in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Long Island Family Courts, under the jurisdiction of New York State law, have ruled that children are entitled to proper child support from their parents, even if the parents aren’t living together. In New York State, the standard passed by law requires a minimum amount of money paid to the custodial parent based on the gross annual income of both parties. The breakdown is then multiplied by the following percentages:

  • 17% for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 29% for three children
  • 31% for four children
  • No less than 35% for five or more children

The basic child support obligation is then divided proportionately between the parents, based on their respective incomes.  In order to make sure the custodial parent gets paid promptly, child support orders that payments be immediately withheld from the wages or other income of the obligated parent, unless there is some other type of agreement between the parties.

If a parent doesn’t pay, there are different punishments that can be implemented, including suspension of the parent’s driver’s license, an intercept of a tax return or lottery winning of $600 or more, and of course, obtaining a money judgment in court. In other circumstances, the state can freeze the obligated parent’s bank account, IRA, or other financial assets to seize the amount owed.  As a final resort, they can also send the parent to jail if they believe no other type of enforcement would be effective.

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If you have any questions regarding Child Support or Child Custody on Long Island, give us a call at 631-923-1910. The divorce law office of Robert E. Hornberger, P.C. will be pleased to offer you a free complimentary consultation to discuss your Child Support or any other divorce or family law issues.