Friday, February 20, 2015

How much maintenance and child support can be legally deducted in New York State?

Q:  My fiancé is divorced. His ex wife has been cohabiting wih her boyfriend since May 2014 but they are not yet holding themselves out as husband and wife. He was awarded a $500/month modification but still pays his ex wife 88% of his salary for maintenance and child support. He works approximately 60-70 hours a week, and in addition pays for health insurance for boh children and for college, auto and cell phone costs for his older child. His ex wife is perfectly capable of working yet refuses to do so. Her boyfriend is paying the bills on the house my fiancé built and she continues her excessive lifestyle. Are there laws in place that state what percentage of someone's income can be legally drawn for maintenance and child support? He even had to declare bankruptcy. It doesn't seem kosher.

A:  David's Answer:  Yes, there are guidelines for child support & maintenance in NY. You can access the child support calculator here:, and the maintenance calculator here: And while the maintenance calculator only technically governs interim maintenance awards, it nevertheless put you n the ballpark of what the court will award either on a final order or post-judgment determination. Schedule a consult with an Orange/Westchester Child Support attorney for a full assessment.  -- David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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