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Understanding child support calculations in Pennsylvania

Parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children until they reach adulthood. If parents are not married at the time their child is born, are recently separated or are divorced, one parent will likely be required to pay support payments, even if he or she does not live with the children. The non-custodial parent generally pays child support.

Any issue pertaining to children, whether it is child custody or financial support, can be difficult to navigate. Child support disputes are difficult, but with the right help, you can protect both your rights and the interests of your child. Working with a Pennsylvania lawyer can help you understand potential child support obligations and payments.

How is child support calculated and are deviations allowed?

In Pennsylvania, child support is calculated using a formula that considers both the financial capabilities of the parents and the needs of the children. Issues included in the formulation include:

  • Income of both parents
  • Special needs of the children
  • Parenting time and custody arrangements
  • Daycare costs
  • Cost of health care
  • Transportation needs
  • Number of children

The basic formula used to calculate child support works to ensure that the amount is appropriate according to the income of the non-custodial parent and the needs of the children. However, there are situations in which a deviation from the calculated amount may be appropriate. A deviation may be appropriate if the following apply to your case:

  • One parent earns a significant income.
  • A child has serious medical or special needs.
  • Special, unexpected circumstances may affect finances.

In cases in which a job loss, remarriage, the birth of more children or other circumstances will have a lasting impact on financial abilities or needs, a permanent modification may be sought.

Securing a positive solution for your family

As a parent, your main concern is your children. In order to protect them and provide stability for the future, you need a custody and support order that is reasonable and sustainable. With a positive solution to your child support concern or dispute, you can avoid future legal battles and familial tension.

It is best to protect your financial future by reaching out for qualified, experienced legal guidance from the very beginning. Work with your legal ally to advocate for your interests and ensure that your children have a bright, safe and stable future.

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