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# What Is the Average Amount of Child and Spousal Support in New York State?

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As of 2015, there is no average amount for spousal maintenance payments in New York state, notes Nolo. Child support payments in New York are calculated based on parents' income levels, so there is no average amount, says the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

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New York state courts currently use a mathematical formula to determine payment amounts for temporary alimony, says Nolo. In cases that were ruled on or before Oct. 13, 2010, temporary maintenance payments were left to the court's discretion. If a court finds that the amount of temporary maintenance arrived at through the use of the formula is inaccurate or causes hardship, it may consider other factors such as the spouses' health and age, their earning capacities, and their standard of living during the marriage. Permanent maintenance is not based on this formula, and courts use a wide range of factors to determine the amount. These factors include children and their associated costs, the present and future income potentials of each spouse, and the length of the marriage.

Child support payments in New York are calculated by using income tables published annually by the state, according to the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. These tables are available on its website. Factors that may affect the amount of the obligation include poverty income guidelines, self-support reserves and combined parental income.

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