Pittsburgh Child Support Modification Attorney
Can I Change a Child Support Order?
Child support must minimally cover the basic needs of any minor children, and children
over the age of 18 who are mentally or physically disabled and unable
to support themselves. A support order can be modified, but only when
the court agrees that there have been substantial changes in circumstances
of either parent. The goal is to have a fair support order in place to
provide for the minor children of the marriage.
Some of the changes in circumstances can include:
- Loss of employment
- Injury resulting in a decrease of income
- Emancipation of any minor children
The current age of the children may warrant a
divorce modification if child care expenses are no longer necessary. An important change in
circumstances is an increase in income of either parent.
Reporting an Increase in Income
Pennsylvania requires that any increase in income be reported to ensure
the support order is fair to both parents and particularly the children.
The court can recalculate the income and expenses of the parents and award
retroactive arrears. This can activate aggressive collection from the
State as these arrears can be very significant if the increase in income
occurred months or years ago. Opting out of the workforce or voluntarily
reducing income are not grounds for reducing child support payments.
Child Support Lawyer in Pittsburgh
At the Law Offices of Avram Y. Rosen, we have limited our practice to family
law and have helped hundreds of families navigate through the complex
law surrounding divorce. Contact our Pittsburgh divorce laywer if you
feel that you are entitled to a modification and we will guide you through
the process. We pride ourselves in being able to deliver personal, caring
guidance to our clients in
Call us today to get started with an
initial case review!