Understanding Child Support
hild support is often a complex and contested issue. Whether you will be making or receiving support payments, the skillful lawyers at Masorti Law Group will fight aggressively to get a Court Order that is appropriate for your circumstances. In Pennsylvania, child support laws aim to ensure that the non-custodial parent will make contributions to prevent their children from becoming a victim of the separation. Payments are made on a weekly or monthly basis and continue until the youngest child reaches the age of 18. These contributions are calculated based on a set of guidelines that consider both the actual income and the earning potential of both parents, as well as the time each parent spends with the children, along with other factors. Other payments can have an effect on this calculation as well, such as alimony. When considering income, the determination typically includes:
- Regular wages and salary
- Overtime, commission pay, and bonuses
- Cash tips, or other unreported cash income
- Social security and social security disability payments, as well as retirement income
- Unemployment or worker’s compensation payments
- Entitlements to lump sum awards such as legal settlements
- Past income, skill set, or education level for those who choose not to work
It is not uncommon for a parent to try to hide income or assets when these figures are being calculated. We will conduct extensive research and discovery to reveal the entire financial inventory or earning capacity of the other party for purposes of this calculation.
Modifying Child Support Agreements
Child support payments are often subject to change one or more times before a child reaches the age of 18. A change in the amount of payment may be necessary for a variety of reasons and we are ready and willing to put our experience to work for you in re-negotiating and/or modifying your child support arrangement to get an amount that is better for you and your children.
It is encouraged that payment obligations be reviewed every few years. Your children’s needs and each parent’s financial situation are almost certain to change. For example, if your child was receiving childcare or was in preschool, but now attends public school, the amount of support needed is likely to decrease as the child’s needs are not as costly. Change can also occur when one parent enters or leaves the workforce or receives a raise or bonus at their current job.
As experienced negotiators, we will make sure to get what we see as the most just determination of payments under the facts of your case. If an agreement cannot be reached, we will also protect your interests in court, and work hard to keep the cost of representation affordable for you. Please Contact Us Now if you would like us to review your child support agreement and determine if it is time for a change.