Child Support Calculator PA
The parents of children don’t always stay together, and in some cases, they were never in a relationship to begin with. However, that doesn’t mean that the responsibility for caring for the children financially should fall only on one parent.
In fact, in Pennsylvania, both parents are obligated to provide monetary support for their children. Below we discuss important aspects of child support in PA and how your monthly payments will be calculated once a petition for child support has been filed in your case.
What You Need to Know about Child Support
The parent who retains physical custody of the children, often referred to as the custodial parent, will typically be the one receiving child support from the parent with whom the children have visitation, known as the noncustodial parent.
We often hear of noncustodial parents believing they shouldn’t be as financially responsible for the children as the custodial parent, since they don’t get to spend as much quality time with their children. However, contrary to this belief, child support calculations have little, if anything, to do with how much time you spend with your children and more to do with the income and expenses of both parents.
How Child Support Is Calculated in PA
The Pennsylvania child support statutes are known as the PA Child Support Guidelinesand contain the mathematical equation used for calculating child support payments in Pennsylvania.
These guidelines take into consideration the costs of raising your children, including expenses related to private school tuition, health insurance, costs of extracurricular activities or sports, child care services, the income and expenses of both parents, and, of course, the estimated costs of food, shelter, clothing, and other related expenses.
Online Calculators and Child Support Guidelines
The Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Service (PACSES) offers an online calculator that you can use to get an estimate of how much your Pennsylvania monthly child support payment may be. It’s important to note that this tool should be used only as a rough estimate, and your final child support order could be drastically different than the tool’s estimate.
This is especially true if your household income exceeds $30,000 per month or is less than $931 per month, or if your home contains more than six children. Every child support case is different.
Your attorney will be able to examine the details of your child support petition to calculate what you can expect to either pay or receive in child support payments each month and discuss why certain deviations to the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines might have been made in your case.
Work with a PA Child Support Lawyer
If you need assistance obtaining a child support order or if you’d like to modify an existing child support order, get help from a highly trained PA child support lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
Our firm will work diligently to ensure that both parents are providing fair financial support to the children. You can give our office a call at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529) or complete the convenient contact form we’ve provided below to schedule your initial consultation today.