Child Support

Bronx Child Support Lawyer

Settling important matters of child custody can be a difficult issue in a divorce case. A directly related question to that of custody is how the raising of children will be paid for. How the question of child support is settled will be crucial to both the well-being of the kids, and the financial stability of the parents. 

Our family law firm has a real family atmosphere. With a tight-knit staff and a thorough understanding of the law, customer satisfaction and positive outcomes are the top priorities. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx child support lawyer, with thousands of cases in an award-winning career that goes back to 1985, leads a talented team that includes an associate attorney, three dedicated paralegals, and helpful partnerships with other lawyers if your case goes to trial. Trust our passionate, educated, and fully bilingual staff to take care of you. Call us at (718) 550-2881 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation. 

Determining Child Support in the State of New York

New York puts the expenses associated with raising children into two different buckets. The first one is called basic needs. As the name suggests, this refers to the bread-and-butter basics of living—food, clothing, and a roof over one’s head. Then the state considers the add-ons. This name isn’t quite as perfect, because some things—like medical care—that might be considered basic, are still put into the adds-on bucket. Childcare, if the custodial parent is working, is another important expense that the state considers an add-on. 

The sum total of the basic needs and add-ons is what the state of New York will consider the cost of raising the child. Then, courts will look at the income each parent is earning and combine with the number of children that are being supported to come up with a basic figure. If there is one child to be raised, 17 percent of the combined income must go to child support. Two children increases that to 25 percent. There are gradual incremental increases in the percentage until it tops out at 35 percent for 5+ children. 

It's common for parents to earn different levels of income, especially if one of them had primary responsibility for raising the children during the marriage. Therefore, how that total cost of raising children must be divided appropriately between the parents. The way this is done is to simply figure out what proportion of the combined income each spouse earns, and then assign them the same proportion of the child-rearing costs. 

All of this establishes a benchmark for child support, but every couple’s situation is different, and judges do have discretion. That can make the work of an attorney important in documenting and advocating for any changes to the formula. 

Keep a Proven, Tough, and Experienced Bronx Child Support Lawyer on Your Side

The experienced Attorney Jayson Lutzky has accumulated since 1985 can be invaluable to his clients. Attorney Lutzky understands how different every family situation is, and when the guidelines by the state might not be right. He works hand-in-hand with his dedicated staff to document a client’s case, and then gives the client the strong advocacy they, and their children, deserve. 

Call the office at (718) 550-2881 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. 

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