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What do you need to know about child support in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania family courts follow certain guidelines to determine the amount of child support paid each month. Understanding these guidelines can help a parent understand his or her potential financial obligations, as well as avoid unnecessary disputes during divorce.

The formula used to determine child support is a guideline, and a deviation from these guidelines may be appropriate when certain circumstances are present. The intent of child support is to provide stability and protect the best interests of the children, and it is beneficial to work with a lawyer who can help guide you through this process.

Child support calculations and potential deviations

Child support can be calculated by taking into account the income of both parents, taxes, health care costs, insurance, spousal support and other factors. Potential deviations from the child support guidelines may be based on the following factors:

  • Noncustodial parent must also pay spousal support
  • Age of the children
  • Serious health care concerns
  • Income from other sources, such as a small business
  • Standard of living of the children
  • Special needs
  • Length of the marriage

The noncustodial parent will be required to make these payments each month, and this amount may increase if the children require special medical care, private school tuition or the kids are committed to extracurricular activities.

Life continues to change long after a divorce is final, and you may find that you are no longer able to make child support payments or provide for your children with the current amount of support. With the help of a lawyer, it may be possible to secure a modification to a child support order.

How can you protect your financial interests?

A parent has a responsibility to support his or her children until they reach the age of 18. However, it is important to work with a lawyer to fight for the protection of your financial interests. You can take steps to ensure that your financial obligations are manageable after divorce or the resolution of a custody dispute.

You have the right to seek a child support order that is both fair and reasonable. With the right legal guidance, you can protect the best interests of your children, as well as your financial future.

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