Child support is a vital family law issue to resolve as it helps with the costs associated with raising a child. In the state of Pennsylvania, child support typically lasts until a child turns 18 years old or graduates from high school – whichever comes first. There are certain cases where, due to a mental or physical condition, child support may be extended.
Our attorneys understand the importance of structuring a child support order that is both fair and based on accurate financial information for all parties involved. We strive to obtain the best possible child support orders for our clients.
How to Determine Child Support in PA
While child support calculators are prevalent on the Internet, it is vital to understand that each case is unique, and these calculations might not be applicable to your situation. The factors that affect child support determinations in Pennsylvania are as follows:
- The age of the child
- Each parent’s income
- Daycare expenses
- The cost of medical expenses
- Any Social Security benefits the child could receive
- In High Net Income cases the children’s reasonable needs are considered
Additional factors could impact child support payments, which rely on a judge’s discretion. With any questions about this, feel free to contact our Pittsburgh child support lawyers today.
What Is Included in a Child Support Order?
Child support orders include monetary support to provide for necessities such as:
- health insurance
- medical expenses
- extracurricular expenses
Pennsylvania Child Support Modifications
An obligor, or the parent responsible for making child support payments, must continue to make payments until a child support order is modified or terminated. If you are struggling to meet these payments, you can request a modification. The court can modify a child support order if either parent experiences a material and substantial change in circumstances.
The court will need to review both parents’ current financial records to recalculate the amount of support.
How Can I Collect and Enforce Child Support?
Once a child support order has been established, payments are due to the custodial parent once a month unless the court order changes. If you are struggling to pay child support, you can work with a Pittsburgh child support attorney to help modify the amount owed each month.
If a noncustodial parent falls behind on child support payments, the custodial parent is entitled to enforce this order. The court will hold a contempt hearing to determine whether to hold the custodial parent in contempt. The punishment for contempt could range from a fine, losing your license or in some cases, jail time.
Our Pittsburgh Child Support Attorneys Can Help
Our team of Pittsburgh child support attorneys will help you navigate the complex child support guidelines to ensure that your child(ren) are protected financially. We thoroughly review each aspect of your case and provide straightforward advice to every single client.
Child support can be hard to determine on your own, but with the right legal support, it does not have to be.
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