Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Westchester: Discretionary amount of child support above $136,000 combined income?

Q:  Household income = $242,900. He does not want to pay his pro rata share (46%, or $1187 per month) on the income above $136,000. I think he should. We cannot agree, and it looks like this may go to court. How will a judge be likely to rule, given that no other circumstances affect his ability to pay (as per step 11(c) of the child support worksheet, including prior support obligations, etc.). Thanks.

A:  David's Answer:  What you are describing is what the Judges & lawyers call a "Cassano" hearing, named after a leading case on that issue. There are numerous factors a Magistrate will consider, some of which are the disparity of incomes between the 2 parents, the standard of living the child(ren) enjoyed before the physical separation as well as whether the child is engaged in any "add-on" activities, such as private school or expensive extracurricular activities. You're well-advised to schedule a consultation with a White Plains Child Support attorney.  -- David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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