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Child support payments are made monthly and contributes to raising a child when both parents are divorced or unmarried. The parent who has primary custody of the child will receive the monthly payments, while the parent who has less parenting time will make the payments. Child support payments generally last until the child turns 18 years old.
Whether you are interested in determining your child support payments or modifying your current order, our Harrisburg child support lawyer at Holt Law is here to help. We are committed to protecting you and your child’s rights and best interests through the complex legal process in order to get the outcome you desire.
Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines
Child support guidelines in Pennsylvania are based mainly on how many children who require support and the income of both parents. However, there is flexibility within those guidelines to consider the child’s specific needs, the paying parent’s ability to make monthly payments, and the type of custody plan.
A child support order covers the following child-related expenses:
- Health insurance
- Medical expenses
- Travel costs of visitation
- Extracurricular activities
If you wish to use a child support calculator, you must first determine both parents’ gross incomes, alimony expenses, childcare expenses, tax status, medical costs to cover the child, and retirement contributions (non-voluntary). Gross income consists of salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, retirement plans, and pensions.
If a parent isn’t employed, child support payments can still be made through unemployment compensation or social security benefits. If a parent is intentionally unemployed or underemployed, a judge can impute income (i.e. determine an amount of child support payments based on how much the parent should be earning).
Failure to make monthly child support payments can result in being held in contempt. The penalties for contempt include a maximum fine of $1,000, probation, or even a jail sentence.
However, parents who are unable to consistently make monthly payments may be able to modify a child support order only if they experience a significant and material change in circumstances. This often occurs when a parent gets fired or laid off, moves to another county or state, or has a new child.
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