Child support is calculated using a statutory formula that is based upon the number of children you have. The non-custodial parent is required to pay a percentage of his or her adjusted gross income. The percentage for one child is 17%; for two children it is 25%; for three children it is 29% percent, and so on. This generally does not include additional expenses such as child care expenses and unreimbursed medical expenses such as co-pays and other medical expenses that are not covered by health insurance. Such additional expenses are paid by each party depending upon their respective incomes.
The court usually will not deviate from these percentages. Should the parties wish to deviate from these percentages, they must have a good reason, must list their reasons for doing so and in the event that the papers are submitted to the court, the deviation must ultimately be approved of by the court.
Our mediators will be happy to help you determine the best option for your family during this difficult time. Contact us now at (631) 419-6111 or contact us online for a free consultation.