Child Support Lawyer in Pittsburgh
Who Pays Child Support?
Child support in Pennsylvania is determined based on various factors which are different from family to family. Both parents are expected to provide support for their children based on their individual earnings and capability.
Support is expected to be provided after a divorce until the child turns 18 and graduates from high school. The supporting parent, however, may be required to continue providing payments if the adult child is incapable of self-support because of a physical or mental disability. Parents do not have to financially contribute to the child's college education unless the parents have obligated themselves within a contract.
If you need guidance with child support or want to know whether you may be required to pay support, call us today at (412) 563-5000.
How Is the Amount of Child Support Determined?
Guidelines as to how child support is determined are found in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is revised periodically. Support guidelines contain a formula for calculating proper amount of child support.
Many factors enter into the equation, including:
- Parents' net monthly incomes
- Parents' earning capacities
- Number of children
- Childcare expenses
- Child custody situation
The net monthly income is calculated from the gross monthly income from all sources. Child support rules were amended in 2010 which eliminated the cap on the guidelines formula. Our Pittsburgh family law attorneys can explain your rights as you determine child support and help ensure that you reach a plan suitable for your financial situation.
Child Support for Non-Custodial Parents
Non-custodial parents will need to contribute their proportionate share of the child's health insurance premiums and the un-reimbursed expenses that exceed a certain threshold.
The parent who does not have custody of the child or children may be responsible for a portion of special needs, such as:
- Summer camp expenses
- Private school tuition
- Art lessons
Determining Expenses in Your Situation
Every family will have their own set of expenses based on their lifestyle. During a consultation, our firm can help you determine what child support expenses exist in your case. Child care expenses can have a major impact on the child support order. Obligations are added to the basic amount of child support. If one of the parents can demonstrate unusual needs or fixed obligations, the amount of child support can either be increased or reduced.
The state of Pennsylvania employs a computerized child support collection system, which is known as the Pennsylvania Automated Child Support Enforcement System (PACSES). Every child support order is enforced by age attachment, except in situations where the payor is self-employed or the recipient agrees to waive the wage attachment. If arrears exist for child support, PACSES can then take enforcement action.
Some of these enforcement actions include:
- Wage garnishment
- Intercepting the payor's IRS refund
- Suspending the payor's driver's license
- Suspending a hunting / fishing license
- Suspending a professional license
Can I Modify an Existing Child Support Order?
Parents can request a modification of a child support order when there is a material and substantial change in circumstances. Each county in Pennsylvania has its own rules for how to deal with child support medications. Modification is retroactive to the date when you file a request for modification.
At Rosen Family Law Group, our Pittsburgh divorce lawyer has more than 25 years of experience helping clients like you. We know the laws and are prepared to serve you. Contact our child support attorneys today to receive child support help.