In general, that is the case.
However, in the case of high-income individuals or couples, the courts have some leeway to make determinations based on the child’s particular needs, rather than a strict formula of percentages.
For instance, if you and your former spouse together earn more than about $141,000, the court may choose to consider other things than just the earnings.
If one or both of you earn considerably more than that threshold, the court will very likely choose to consider an accounting of the specific costs related to the health, education, and welfare of the child, and then apply support according to those figures.
If you’re concerned about child custody issues as part of your divorce or afterward, call the Brooklyn child custody attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation.