Child Support

Child Support 

Attorney Michael Todd Mueller is an experienced family lawyer who has successfully represented many clients in family law disputes in New York. He offers his clients one-on-one attention and personalized legal advice that is tailored to meet their needs. He works closely with each client to understand the details of their case and to establish their goals. He then explains their rights and available options, and helps them decide which course of action will help them most favorably resolve their family law matter.

The law states that the basic support award be set at a fixed percentage of parental income, depending on the number of children for whom an order is being requested:

These percentages are applied to almost all parental earnings up to $141,000, minus Medicare, FICA and NYC tax deductions. Child or spousal support actually paid, based on a court-order or written agreement, may also be deducted before calculating the child support order. Earnings include worker’s compensation, disability payments, unemployment insurance, social security, pensions, and many other forms of income. After $141,000, the court can choose whether or not to use the percentage guidelines.

In addition to the basic support award, the child support order must include medical support, which means health insurance and payments for any out-of-pocket medical expenses for the child. Either parent may be required to provide health insurance coverage for the child, if it is available at a reasonable cost. The basic award may be increased to include a prorated share of child care expenses, if the custodial parent is working or in school. In addition, the court may increase the award to include a prorated share of educational expenses for the child.

Attorney Michael Todd Mueller is dedicated to communicating with his clients and is always available to answer any questions that arise. He will keep you updated with any developments in your case and keep you informed every step of the way.That is why he is committed to providing high-quality, effective legal advice that is also compassionate and affordable.