CHILD SUPPORT INFORMATION
(Q.) Is Child Support "mandatory" to establish in the divorce documents?
(A.) YES! Per New York Law Child Support Is Mandatory and has to be "determined and
documented" in the divorce papers.
IMPORTANT: This does NOT mean that the Court or Child Support Collection Unit is going to
"garnish" the non-custodial parent's paycheck, rather it simply means that child
support has to be "determined and documented" in the divorce papers - that's it..
(Q.) How much Child Support do I have to pay and to What Age of the Child?
(A.) According to the New York Child Support Standards Act (CSSA ) the percentages below are
applied to the first $148,000.00 of combined parental income. These percentages are as followed:
• 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
According to the following link below (and under New York Law), "parents are responsible
for supporting their child until the child is 21 years old."
For additional information regarding New York Child Support regulations, obligations, and
guidelines click here....Child Support Information.
For information, which can be used to determine an "approximate" annual child support
obligation, click here...Child Support Standards Chart.
(Q.) I am the Custodial Parent to receive child support, can I have the child
support payments come Directly To Me or do I have to use the services of
the Support Collection Unit?
(A.) If you're the custodial parent to receive child support, you have the option to either have the child
support payments paid directly to you (by your spouse) or utilize the services of the Support
(Q.) I have a "Child Support Order", do I need to provide the Court with a
(A.) YES, if you have a Child Support Order, you will need to provide DFS with a copy because DFS
will have to reference some of the information (contained in the child support order) into the
divorce documents and attach a copy of the order to your divorce papers.
(Q.) I have a "Custody and Visitation Order", do I need to provide the Court
with a copy?
(A.) YES, if you have a Custody and Visitation Order, you will need to provide DFS with a copy
because DFS will have to reference some of the information (contained in the custody and
visitation order) into the divorce documents and attach a copy of the order to your divorce papers.
(Q.) I have additional questions regarding child support, are there any other
resources available on the Internet that I can use?
(A.) YES, in addition to the information DFS have provided, you can obtain a lot of useful and helpful
information (for the Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent) from the New York Child Support
website by clicking here.