When a marriage or relationship ends, both parents have an ongoing responsibility to see to the care of their children. In Pennsylvania, child support laws are intended to ensure that children of divorced or separated parents continue to experience financial stability and are provided with the necessities that will allow them to thrive. Child support payments ensure that the children’s basic needs are met, including food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and educational expenses.
At Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., our experienced family law attorneys understand how daunting the process of negotiating child support can be. We know that child support regulations and laws can be confusing, and we are here to provide support and guidance throughout the process of obtaining, modifying, or enforcing a child support order. Our knowledgeable family law attorneys will work closely with you every step of the way to reach a fair agreement that takes into consideration your children’s best interests as well as your own financial situation.
Child support in Pennsylvania is paid to the custodial parent. If both parents share custody, support is paid by the parent with the higher income to the parent with the lower income. If both parents share custody and the support-paying parent has more than 30% of overnights, then an adjustment is made. Child support obligations remain in place till a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later. However, there are certain circumstances in which child support obligations may continue longer, such as if the child has certain physical or mental disabilities.
Payments are determined by Pennsylvania’s child support guidelines. The basic formula for child support takes into account the following:
- The parents’ combined net income
- The number of children
- Each parent’s respective percentage of that combined net income
- Any adjustments for shared custody
- Additional expenses (e.g. health insurance, child care, medical costs over $250 for each child)
- Other adjustments (e.g. alimony, other children for whom the payor is responsible, etc.)
At Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., we understand how important it is to determine an appropriate and fair amount of child support payments. We have a comprehensive understanding of Pennsylvania's laws surrounding the subject and have experience helping our clients reach a solution that works best for all parties involved. Our team can guide you through all stages of obtaining or modifying a child support order in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Here at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. we strive to help families create secure futures.
Can Child Support Be Modified?
In most cases, child support is established following a relationship breakup or a divorce and is based on the parents’ financial realities during that particular moment in time. As circumstances change, it may become necessary to request a modification of court-ordered child support.
At Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. we understand that life can change, and when it does, our experienced family law attorneys are here to help you modify an existing order if needed. We are familiar with the Pennsylvania laws and regulations surrounding child support modification and can provide the guidance and support you need to come to a fair agreement.
Call Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. Today for Legal Guidance You Can Trust
Our team understands how important it is for families going through separation or divorce to maintain financial stability and security for their children, and we are dedicated to providing assistance throughout all stages of obtaining or modifying a child support agreement. We can help you calculate a fair child support payment according to Pennsylvania guidelines, collect evidence regarding financial resources and your child’s financial needs, and vigorously represent your interests in any negotiations and court appearances.
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