After a divorce, child support is a constant topic of discussion. Child support is basically the amount of money paid monthly to the person who is raising a child to help cover the child’s expenses. The custodial parent, or the parent who has primary custody of the child, receives money from the non-custodial parent, who has a less significant role in caring for the child. Therefore, a caregiver, who primarily cares for the child’s needs, is entitled to request child support.
What are the Child Support Guidelines?
Once the primary caregiver has been established, there are certain income guidelines that a Pennsylvania court will look at to determine how much child support will be paid. In essence, the non-custodial parent will pay a fixed amount based off of both spouses’ income and the number of children involved.
However, a judge can look at other factors, which can affect the amount of support paid.
- The child’s age
- The assets and liabilities of both parents
- Additional support obligations
- Any unusual needs and/or fixed obligations
- Standard of living
- Medical expenses, which are not covered by insurance
- Other factors, which include the child’s best interests
How is the Amount of Child Support Calculated?
An easily accessible Pennsylvania child support calculator can help parents estimate how much support they will pay or receive. Besides taking into account both parents’ gross income, a person will need to know the tax status of both parents, any alimony that’s paid or received, the child’s medical insurance premiums and child care expenses to come up with the right amount. It is important to note that while the calculator gives an accurate guess, it’s not the guaranteed payment that will be paid or received.
How Long is Child Support Paid?
Typically, child support is paid until a child reaches the age of 18. There are some exceptions such as when a child is emancipated and child support is no longer required. On the other hand, a court might require that a disabled child receives support payments for an extended period of time. In some cases, one or both parents are responsible for expenses related to college or vocational training following high school.
Apply for Child Support with the Help of Our Philadelphia Family Law Attorneys
In order to receive child support payment, you must file with your county court. If the thought of going through the filing process seems overwhelming, you can contact the family law lawyers at Sadek and Cooper Law Offices to help you start the process and ensure you receive your child’s rightful support payment.