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Supporting a Child in the Empire State

Results of a 2009 census revealed that more than 13.7 million custodial parents share custody of their children in the United States. Of these parents, over half (54 percent) were found to have some form of child support agreement in place. In accordance with the child support enforcement (“CSE”) program, every state is required to:

  • Define and uphold child support enforcement laws;
  • Offer procedures for parents to obtain child support and establish paternity;
  • Assist in child support collection, when necessary, and
  • Enforce penalties for unpaid child support.

The primary factors in determining child support payment amounts is based on each parent’s annual income and the number of children involved in the child support action. In New York, when the parents’ annual incomes each exceed $130,000, the family court judge must decide whether to use the standard guidelines when determining monthly child support amounts. Often times, in these cases, the court will look toward the child’s needs instead of the predetermined percentages.

In addition to the monthly adjusted gross income and the number of children, the court will consider other factors including shared child care, medical expenses, and education expenses. Education expenses can be especially important if the child is close to college-aged. If parents are considering placing the child in private school, they will need to discuss this issue as part of the divorce process to determine how the tuition will be paid.

However, finances are merely one aspect of supporting a child. A family court judge may also consider shared custody plans and vis itation when determining a monthly child support amount.

Important Information

COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus)  Update 3-20-2020

By order of Governor Andrew Cuomo, beginning 3-22-2020, all non-essential business in New York state must close their physical offices in response to the rapid rate of positive reported cases of COVID-19 in New York State.

Although this will impact the in office and in person services that LIT can provide, we will still be working remotely from our homes to serve our existing clients and we will continue to serve the public on a remote basis with any new legal matters for which they may need assistance.

We as a nation have overcome great obstacles in the past and although the challenges that lie ahead of us as community, as a state, and as a nation are great, we will overcome them as our resilience as individuals, as a community and as a nation will allow us to prevail.

May all of you and your loved ones be safe and well .

Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 845-566-5345

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus please visit any of the following sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NYS Department of Health

Orange County Dept. of Health

Ulster County Dept. of Health

For information and updates regarding court postponements or closings please visit:

NYS Unified Court System

9th Judicial District

3rd Judicial District