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How Child Support is Calculated in NY

In New York State, child support is governed by the Child Support Standards Act, also known as the CSSA. The CSSA is found both in Domestic Relations Law Section 240 and Family Court Act 413. In New York, parents are responsible for the support of their children until they reach the age of 21. Child support is calculated by taking the combined parental income up to $136,000, deducting FICA taxes, (Medicare and Social Security only), and multiplying it by a support percentage based on the number of children the parties have: 17% of the combined parental income for one child 25% of the combined parental income for two children 29% of the combined parental income for three children 31% of the combined parental income for four children 35% of the combined parental income for five or more children A parent’s presumptive, basic child support obligation is determined by multiplying that

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