How to Calculate Child Support in PA

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Whether you are going to be obligated to pay child support or are seeking a child support order, it is important to have an idea of how much the Pennsylvania family court system will require the noncustodial parent, or the parent who is ordered to pay child support, to pay. 

For this reason, we have gone into greater detail below about how you can apply for child support in PA and how to calculate your expected child support payment order. 

Filing for Child Support in Pennsylvania

There are many different situations in which you might need to apply for child support in Pennsylvania. In most cases, the parent who has primary physical custody of the children will seek a child support order to be paid by the child’s noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent is generally ordered to pay child support as they are spending less time and money caring for their children than the custodial parent.

If you are ready to apply for child support, you can do so in one of two ways. First, you can apply through the Pennsylvania Child Support Program’s e-services portal. Make sure you have the appropriate information ready to go when you apply. 

The second way you can apply for child support is by filling out the child support application and other supporting documents and submitting them directly to your local Domestic Relations Section (DRS).

Some of the different information you will need to have available when submitting your child support application includes your income and that of your spouse, if applicable; your household expenses; and proof of paternity, custody, health insurance, and daycare costs, to name a few.

How to Calculate Your Potential Child Support Order

The PA Child Support Guidelines have a formula in place that calculates how much a child support order should be, based on the parent’s income and how many children the child support order will cover. 

Unfortunately, this estimator does not account for high-net worth families earning over $30,000 a month or parents with a combined monthly income of less than $1,000 a month, among other situations.

There are many factors that can influence the amount of a child support order, including the costs of health insurance and daycare costs, expenses for extracurricular activities and medical costs not covered by health insurance, how many children are in both parents’ home, the marital status of the parents, and other financial obligations each parent might have toward their child. 

To obtain a more personalized child support payment estimate, you should speak with your Pennsylvania family lawyer.

Meet with a Child Support Lawyer in PA

For a more personalized child support order estimate or to further discuss your child support case, reach out to an experienced PA child support lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. You can schedule your no-obligation case evaluation by submitting the online contact form we have provided at the bottom of this page or by calling 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529).