PA Child Support Guidelines
The amount a parent pays for Pennsylvania child support is determined primarily by a mathematical calculation that is set out in the Pennsylvania child support statutes and is known as the PA Child Support Guidelines. When making a support determination, the child support office will take into account information about your income or earning capacity and expenses related to the children including costs for daycare, health insurance, co-pays, private school tuition and activities.
PACSES (Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Service), the PA child support enforcement mechanism, provides a free online child support calculator tool that you may use to calculate your anticipated Pennsylvania child support obligation or award. You should be aware, however, that this a VERY rough estimate of the amount of child support that may be payable and it does not take into account many deviations or other factors that impact a final PA child support award or order. A PA child support lawyer can help you determine if there is a reason to deviate from the PA Child Support Guidelines based upon statutory rules or PA case law.
Further, the PA child support calculator WILL NOT give you an accurate estimate of your PA child support obligation if your net household income exceeds $30,000 per month, if it less than $931/month, or if you have more than six children, then the calculator would also not make the proper calculations.
While child support is to a certain extent a mathematical calculation, an experienced PA child support attorney will be able to advise you about any deviations from the guidelines that you would be entitled to, as well as where to look to be sure that all income includable in support is taken into account.
Alternatively, the child support calculator may reveal that your payments are too high. If that is the case, you should contact a knowledge Pennsylvania child support attorney to modify child support payments, if there has been a material change in financial circumstances that led to the unaffordability of your payments.
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Email our Western Pennsylvania child support lawyers to learn more about the child support process in Pennsylvania, and to speak with one of our experienced PA child support attorneys or call us today in Pittsburgh at 412-281-9906, Southpointe (Canonsburg, Washington County) at 724-436-5500, Cranberry Township (Butler County, PA) at 724-776-9906 or toll-free at 1-855-VARI-LAW (1-855-827-4529). Our Pittsburgh and Southpointe law offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment. Our Cranberry Township office is open by appointment only. We're different from many other Pittsburgh child support lawyers, click here to learn why.
Appointments may also be available in other meeting locations throughout Western Pennsylvania upon advance arrangements with our office. Ask the secretary scheduling your appointment for details including appointment locations.
Our Western PA family law office routinely accepts child support cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our Pittsburgh child support attorneys accept support cases in other Western PA counties such as Armstrong County, Erie County, Fayette County, Greene County, Somerset County and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.
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