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Pennsylvania Complex Child Support Cases

Pennsylvania has a special formula for determining child support for high income individuals. The formula applies when parents’ combined net, after tax monthly income is above $30,000. The formula is a new law in Pennsylvania and effectively overruled the case of Melzer v. Witsberger, which formerly dictated that high income child support cases in Pennsylvania were determined based the reasonable needs of the children. The new rule is intended to streamline the process for high income individuals and also to bring all child support cases under the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines and treat similarly situated parties and children similarly.

Although the child support guidelines are the basis for determining the amount of Pennsylvania child support, the court may also consider other factors in determining child support in a given case. There is a rebuttable presumption that the guideline amount of support is correct, however, this presumption may be rebutted by a showing that the amount of the award is unjust or inappropriate given the circumstances of the parties and their children.

Specifically, the court will consider certain child support deviation factors in deciding whether to deviate from the amount of support determined by the guidelines. These include:

  • The unusual needs and unusual fixed obligations of the parties;
  •  Other support obligations of the parties;
  • Other income in the household; 
  • Ages of the Children; 
  • The relative assets and liabilities of the parties; 
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance;
  • Standard of living of the parties and their Children.

Involved in a high income Pennsylvania child support case? Call Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., at (412) 231-9786 or toll-free at 1-844-VARI-LAW to schedule an appointment.

The lawyers at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., are uniquely situated to handle high income child support cases. Our Pittsburgh support lawyers’ three decades of experience, sole focus on family law and an accountant on staff means that we are experienced in handling all aspects of high income child support cases. In fact, we have assisted many Pennsylvania family law clients with high income child support cases including cases involving self-employed business owners, professional athletes, individuals with professional degrees such as physicians and lawyers, and other high income situations.

In appropriate situations, our Pittsburgh child support lawyers have employed techniques such as the hiring of forensic accountants to analyze the income of a high income parent in a child support case. Our Allegheny County child support attorneys have also employed vocational experts when we believe a spouse or parent in a child support case is underemployed or unemployed for PA spousal or child support calculation purposes. Click here to learn other reasons our Pittsburgh support law firm may be different from other Pittsburgh family law firms.

Contact Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., Today

Email our Pittsburgh child support lawyers to learn how we can help you obtain a fair order in your complex child or spousal support case.  Or, telephone one of our PA child support offices:

Pittsburgh Allegheny County office at (412) 231-9786

Canonsburg Washington County office at (724) 436-5500

Cranberry Township Butler County office at (724) 776-9907

Toll-free at 1-844-827-4529 (1-844-VARI-LAW)

Appointments may also be available at other meeting locations throughout Pennsylvania.  Ask the secretary scheduling your appointment for more details.  Our law offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. and evenings by appointment.

  • “Lisa herself is a very dedicated, hard working, professional and compassionate person. She is very driven to get the results you desire, but also listens to your needs and understands the difficult nature of the business.”

    - Pennie E.
  • “I've worked with this firm on more than one occasion and have nothing but HIGH PRAISE for their professionalism, expertise and knowledge.”

    - Rebecca H.
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Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. Is the Right Choice for Your Family Matters

Learn more about our firm and why you should entrust our experienced legal team to handle your family law matters.

  • Strong Support
    A team of senior attorneys, junior associates, paralegals and law school clerks for full legal support throughout the process.
  • Complex Cases
    Experienced with high income, self employed professionals in complex support and equitable distribution cases.
  • Diverse
    Attorney Lisa Marie Vari is trained as a mediator and collaborative family lawyer.
  • Experienced
    More than 30 years of experience practicing family law in Pennsylvania.


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We can further discuss the individual details of your case when you come in for your no-obligation consultation, which can be scheduled by calling our firm at (412) 231-9786 or via the quick contact form we have included at the bottom of this page.

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