Child Support

Child Support

Child Support in Pennsylvania

The Law Office of Douglas Earl, LLC specializes in child support cases. Call Mr. Earl at (215) 627-5970 for an free, honest evaluation of your case.

Child support is a monthly payment that a parent makes, to help cover the cost of raising a child. The parent that cares for the child a majority of the time is called the “custodial parent.” The parent that does not have physical custody of the child is called the “non-custodial parent.” Most of the time, the non-custodial parent is the one making the child support payments to the custodial parent. There are, of course, exceptions to this in special circumstances.

In Pennsylvania, basic child support amounts are calculated primarily by the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines created by the state courts. This calculation is unique to every case. In most cases, it is pretty straight forward if you know how to apply the relevant factors. Mr. Earl can help you determine if you have any circumstances that would impact your child support amount, such as:

  • Tuition for a private school
  • Daycare costs
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Unusual needs or custody arrangements

Child support is paid until the child reaches 18 years of age, or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. If the child is disabled or has special needs, then child support may be ordered for a longer period of time. In contrast, the payments would be cut short is the child becomes emancipated.

If your job pays tips, or you work “under the table,” this income is also calculated into the child support amount. Also, if someone is currently unemployed, but has the potential to be employed, then the court can assess an earning capacity based on their income potential. This earning capacity takes into account your education, employment history, and any special skills you may have.

In some cases, child support may be combined with an alimony payment. It could even include extra money to be used towards paying the mortgage on the marital home, or towards health insurance.

Mr. Earl has represented over 1,000 parents in fighting for fairness when it comes to their child support payments. He understands and has been successful in complex cases, such as uncovering hidden income and complex tax issues.

Call Mr. Earl at (215) 627-5970 if you need someone to review your child support payments for fairness. Whether you are filing a new child support case, need your current order enforced, or need your current child support amount modified, he knows how to get you the desired outcome.