Are the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines the Final Word?

As you go through a divorce or fight to protect your rights in a child support dispute, you want to know what you can reasonably expect. You need an experienced attorney who can give you clear expectations and sound advice about child support.

At the Law Offices of Lawrence Pauker in Montgomery County, we can help you through the process of initial determination of child support, assist in resolving a dispute, or help you request a change in your child support order. Our goal is to help you ensure your children's financial needs are met.

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Contact the Law Offices of Lawrence Pauker today.

Determining Child Support Payments in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, child support is determined by a mandatory formula called the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines consider factors such as each parent's income and child custody arrangements. This in itself should make you consult with the Law Offices of Lawrence Pauker in Norristown to see if any modification would be warranted.

However, there are many factors that will not be taken into account if you do not take action. "Extra" expenses such as the following can alter your child support plan significantly, but must be brought to the attention of the court:

  • Extracurricular activities such as camp, sports and after-school activities
  • Daycare
  • Medical premiums
  • Education expenses and private school tuition

Norristown attorney Lawrence Pauker can help you identify the specific financial needs of your children and ensure the appropriate factors are taken into account.

Shared Property Taxes and Mortgage Payments

Either spouse living in the marital residence may be eligible for what is known as a "mortgage deviation" from the amount of child support otherwise required under the support guidelines. We will look at your situation and help you understand what you can expect. Your mortgage payments are dependent on a calculation made by the court that includes:

  • Total cost of mortgage
  • Home equity loans
  • Property taxes
  • Homeowners insurance

Putting this information into the equation required by the support guidelines, the court will determine whether or not one side has to make additional contributions to child support or alimony.

In addition to handling initial determinations of child support, we handle post-decree issues involving modification and collection of child support arrears.

Contact Us Now to Discuss Your Child Support Concerns

You do not want to be left guessing whether your child support order is fair. We will make sure your rights are protected as you ensure the financial stability of your children. Open during weekly business hours, our three Pennsylvania offices offer evening and weekend appointments as well. Contact us today for a initial consultation.