There are a few common factors the Court will use in deviating from the standard child support calculation. First, if the combined parental income exceeds $136,000 (the current statutory "cap"), then the court MAY deviate on the percentage for income exceeding that amount. Second, if the father is supporting other children pursuant to a valid written agreement or order, the Court SHOULD give him a credit for those payments. Finally, if the father has some unusual expense (such as student loan debt, a garnishment, high health care costs, etc.), the court MAY take same into account in making the support lower. -- David Bliven, Westchester Child Support lawyer (