As an experienced Montgomery County divorce lawyer, I can assist you in navigating the complexities of child support in Pennsylvania. Depending on your circumstances, we can help you initiate a new complaint for child support, modify an existing child support order, or enforce an order that is being ignored. In a child support case, acting quickly is critical. No decisions or changes can be made until the necessary paperwork is submitted for the court’s review.
When a divorce occurs, the child support guidelines in Pennsylvania determine each parent’s financial obligations. The most significant factor in determining child support payments is the evaluation of each parent’s monthly income or their “earning capacity.” Earning capacity allows the court to estimate what parents without a current income could earn, based on education, skills, and previous employment.
In order for child support to be established fairly, a detailed analysis of income and expenses must occur. As an experienced family law attorney, I can ensure comprehensive financial discussions take place and document the relevant facts. Negotiating a child support order outside of court is always my primary goal. However, If court becomes necessary I will skillfully and passionately advocate for the best interests of you and your child.
If you have an existing child support order, an evaluation of the order is advised. The order may need adjustment, as Pennsylvania child support guidelines are continuously revised. Furthermore, your circumstances have likely evolved since the order was issued. As your child gets older and their needs change, revisiting child support orders becomes necessary.
As your Montgomery County family law attorney, we can help you familiarize yourself with child support laws in Pennsylvania. The key components are outlined below:
- Child support in Pennsylvania is payable until the child turns 18, or graduates high school (whichever comes first)
- For a mentally or physically disabled child, support may be payable for a longer period of time.
- Some child support orders require financial contribution to various childcare costs: medical insurance, medical expenses not covered by insurance, day care, and other specific costs unique to the situation.
Negotiating a fair and reasonable child support order, as well as updating an existing order as circumstances change, is vitally important for you and your child. Contact our experienced Montgomery County lawyers today to begin discussing your child support needs.