Child Support The Basics

The law directs that both parents shall be financially responsible for their children. Brian A. Picarello & Associates P.C. will work with you to try to get the appropriate amount of child support needed to support your children.

Child Support in New York is governed by the Child Support Standards Act, known as the CSSA or simply “the guidelines” and is found in both the Domestic Relations Law 240 Section 1-b, and Family Court Act 413. The DRL is used for actions in the Supreme Court, and the FCA applies proceedings in Family Court.

Basic child support is calculated in a two-step process;

  • The support based on the first $154,000 of combined parental income, and
  • Support based on the combined parental income of over $154,000.​

​In addition to the basic child support, DRL 240 requires that certain mandatory add-ons be included in all child support orders, such as unreimbursed medical expenses and daycare.

Failure to pay child support is a crime, and there are remedies for collecting on delinquent support. Child support arrears are also NOT dis-chargeable in Bankruptcy.

Sometimes the courts will need to deviate from the guidelines and it is wise to have an attorney on your side to guide you through this complex issue.

Child Support Resources

Please note the following income levels that affect the amount of a child support obligation have been updated on 3/1/2020:

·         Combined Parental Income Amount: $154,000

·         Self-Support Reserve: $17,226

·         Poverty Income Guidelines Amount (single person): $12,760