To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in New York.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.
These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
Locating the parent responsible for child support
Through many means, the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) – which operates through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance – can try to locate non-custodial parents who have slipped through the cracks in the system. Through New Hire Reporting Directories, credit bureaus, IRS data, and more, DCSE can help find the non-custodial parent in order to establish or enforce a child support order or contact a divorce lawyer in Albany, New York, Buffalo, New York, New York, New York, or Syracuse, New York.
Legal paternity must be established in order to begin the child support process. DCSE can assist in obtaining a court order for a paternity test.
DCSE can investigate to determine the non-custodial parent’s ability to pay child support.
Child support payments are remitted to the non-custodial parent’s local Child Support Enforcement Unit’s (CSEU) Support Collection Unit (SCU). The SCU will then disburse the monies to the custodial parent.
Enforcing support orders
The DCSE can help ensure that support payments get made by using a variety of methods:
Establishing and modifying New York child support orders
DCSE can help establish support orders if they were not part of a divorce or separation agreement or if the parents were never married. DCSE can also help modify your child support order when circumstances dictate that a change in child support payments is in order.
Performing Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
New York Child support orders are frequently adjusted to reflect the current cost of living.