Version 3.0.3 – Updated March 2, 2016
About the calculator: This page will help you calculate the figures a judge would consider in determining how much should be paid in maintenance and child support. (Maintenance – sometimes referred to as alimony – is support paid by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse during and/or after a divorce.) Note that the statutory formulas only take income into consideration, not the specifics of any situation – for example, a child’s special needs, or parents who share parenting time equally. In court, a judge would consider many more factors in making an actual determination. Or, through mediation or negotiation, you and your spouse may decide on different amounts that seem fair.
About the new maintenance law: In 2015, the New York state legislature enacted a major revision to the maintenance law. Among the changes: the formula for determining the guideline amount of temporary maintenance – paid while a divorce is pending in court – was adjusted to reduce the guideline amount when maintenance is paid concurrently with child support; the cap on the amount of the maintenance payor’s income subject to the formula was lowered from $543,000 to $175,000; the same formula will now also be used to determine the guideline amount of post-divorce maintenance – paid after a divorce has been granted; and an advisory schedule was created to aid in determining the duration of post-divorce maintenance. More details, as well as links to the applicable statutes, can be found below.
About the new Version 3.0 calculator update: The calculator has been updated (as of December 17, 2015) to conform with the 2015 amendment to the maintenance law. We also took this opportunity to improve and expand the functionality of the calculator. Highlights include: improvements to the FICA tax and NYC/Yonkers income tax estimator; an added option to include or not include above-the-cap child support; added options to specify deviations from the statutory results; and the addition of a Summary & Comparison section.
Access to the Version 2 calculator: For a limited time, to accommodate divorces commenced prior to October 25, 2015, where temporary maintenance is to be paid pursuant to the old temporary maintenance formula, you may access the previous version of the calculator here: Version 2.3.2 calculator.
- If you last used the calculator prior to the Version 3.0 update (December 17, 2015), click the “Reset” button below and reload/refresh the page in your browser before continuing. If the calculator does not display properly or produces unexpected results, clearing your browser cache may solve the problem. To report a problem, please use the form at the bottom of the page.
- You must press the TAB key or click one of the “Calculate” buttons for an amount entered to be registered by the calculator.
- All amounts entered should be annual.
- Complete the Income Section and the Deductions Section.
- Specify whether there are children of the marriage, and, if so, who is the custodial parent.
- See the disclaimer for important information.
- Clicking the § (section) icon before an item description will take you to the applicable statute in a popup window, unless popups are disabled in your browser.
- The calculator creates cookies so that your browser will remember your entries if you refresh or revisit the page. Clicking the RESET button clears the calculator and deletes the cookies. Rosenthal Law & Mediation does not collect, retain, or share any information entered here. The calculator will still function with cookies disabled; however, you may have to re-enter values if you refresh or revisit the page.
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New York State Maintenance & Child Support Calculator
Version 3.0.3 – Updated March 2, 2016