Child Support Questions PA
Whether you are going to be the parent required to pay child support or the parent receiving child support payments, you more than likely have questions about how how child support works in Pennsylvania.
Every parent, no matter how much time they spend with their children, is obligated to provide financial support for their children. Below, we discuss some of the most frequently asked questions regarding child support in PA. Read on to have your questions answered.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
Child support is calculated in PA based on a mathematical calculation statute known as the PA Child Support Guidelines. This calculation takes into account the income of both parents and the expenses related to caring for your child(ren), including the costs of health insurance, child care, extracurricular activities, private school tuition, school clothing and supplies, and any other expenses that might arise.
In fact, Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Services (PACSES) offers a free online calculator that you can use to get a rough estimate of your expected child support payment.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that this tool will not always reflect an appropriate number, particularly if your net household income is less than $931 per month or more than $30,000 per month or if your household contains six or more children. The best way to get an accurate idea of how much your child support payment should be is by working with an experienced PA child support lawyer.
Who Will Pay Child Support?
Although both parents are expected to financially support their children, generally speaking, the non-custodial parent will be required to provide child support to the custodial parent. The non-custodial parent refers to the parent with whom the children do not primarily reside.
For parents who are under a joint physical custody agreement, you will need to speak with your PA child support attorney to determine whether or not you are able to obtain child support from your child’s other parent.
Can I Modify a Child Support Plan in PA?
When you want to modify your child support order in Pennsylvania, you’ll need to file a petition to modify child support in family court. You will be given a hearing that will be heard in front of a judge to determine if a modification to your current child support order is appropriate. There can be no formal modification until a new order is granted by the judge.
How Long Will I Be Expected to Pay Child Support?
More often than not, parents paying child support will be required to do so until the child reaches eighteen years of age. However, this can extend past eighteen if the child has special needs that require child support for an extended period of time or if the child is still in high school when they turn eighteen.
Your attorney will be able to ascertain how long you’ll be obligated to pay child support and/or how long you’ll be receiving child support.
Consult with a Pennsylvania Child Support Lawyer
If you have further questions about child support laws in Pennsylvania, if you’re interested in pursuing child support from your child’s other parent, or if you have an existing child support order you’d like to modify, get in touch with a knowledgeable PA child support lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
You can schedule your initial consultation today by calling our office at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529) or by filling out the brief contact form below.