Stars David Beckham and Victoria “Posh Spice” are expecting their fourth child to be born this summer. The couples three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are looking forward to a new sibling. Facebook fans are hoping that the couple will have daughter. The Beckhams were married in 1999. Their children are 11, 8 and 5. Read More.
Should this couple or any couple who have children together happen to get divorced, they will have to face the concept of child support. Under Domestic Relations Law, s. 240(1b) and the Family Court Act s. 413(1)(b), known as the Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”) the court shall calculate the “basic child support obligation”, and the non-custodial parent’s pro rata share of the “basic child support obligation”. Unless the court finds that the non-custodial parent’s pro rata share of the “basic child support obligation” is unjust or inappropriate, after considering ten specific enumerated factors, it must order the non-custodial parent to pay his or her pro rata share of the “basic child support obligation”. The support obligation is calculated by “combined parental income” which is multiplied by the appropriate “child support percentage” as listed by statute, based on the number of children the couple has together. It is important to note that the Domestic Relations Law also states that a parent’s liability for the support of his or her children is limited to the age of 21. In the absence of an express or implied contract, parents have no duty to support an adult child. For custody, visitation and other purposes, the age of majority is age 18, but for purposes of the parental support obligation the age of majority remains at 21.
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