If you do not have sole custody of your children, you may be required to provide child support to your former spouse. The specific mathematical formulas associated with calculating the amount of financial support vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, the amount is determined by the noncustodial parent’s income compared with the total combined family income. Here is a look at how child support is determined in Pennsylvania:
The main goal for paying child support is to provide the child with a standard of living that he or she would have enjoyed had the parents stayed together. Every family is different, and your child support levels may vary based on the age and health of your children. Similarly, the specifics of a joint custody arrangement may determine the monthly obligation of one parent to another.
Looking at Pennsylvania’s Guidelines
The state of Pennsylvania has a legislatively mandated chart that looks at the total amount of household income compared with a basic mount of child support for the number of children in the family. To understand where you rank on the chart, combine your net monthly income with that of your former spouse and match that amount with the number of children you have together. Next, divide your income by the total monthly amount to obtain the percentage of the state mandated support that you may be required to pay. The state’s Child Support Program also has a support calculator on their website.
Why Every Household is Different
As with most financial matters, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The state’s guidelines are meant to give you a general idea of what to ask for, but only an experienced attorney can explain the specific range you can expect to pay or receive in child support.
Child support determinations can have long-lasting financial implications on your future. Do not leave them up to chance; instead, contact Pennsylvania attorney Larry Lefkowitz Esq. to see the possible outcomes in your situation. Dial (215) 750-9202 to schedule your consultation.
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