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Question: How should I handle substantially shared parenting for child support purposes?
Answer: In New York's child support guideline statute, there is no modification of child support on account of shared parenting. In the statute, you pick a custodial parent, and that's it.
This seems unfair in cases of substantially equal parenting.
What we sometimes suggest in cases of substantially equal parenting is the following:
1. Calculate child support with all of the children in custody of one parent. Write down the result.
2. Calculate child support with all of the children in custody of the other parent. (All you have to do is go to the lines where you enter the children, and flip the custody. Write down the result.
3. Manually net the two numbers.