Parents are legally responsible to financially support their children until they turn eighteen (18) years of age or graduate high school, whichever is later. Typically the payment is given to the parent with whom the child lives and whether or not the parents are married has no bearing on the payment decision. Child Support is a must even if the parent has been denied visitation rights and in turn, visitation cannot be denied if the parent has not paid his or her child support.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has put forth statewide child support guidelines which are used as a starting point in the calculation of child support. Although the court will determine the exact payment on a case by case basis, and your attorney will discuss your personal situation further, you can expect the following to be used:
- Number of children in the pending action
- Net Monthly Income of Non-Custodial Parent
- Amount of monthly child support paid by Non-Custodial Parent for children from a prior relationship
- Monthly cost of family group health insurance paid by Non-Custodial Parent
- Net Monthly Income of Custodial Parent
- Amount of monthly child support paid by Custodial Parent for children from a prior relationship
- Monthly cost of family group health insurance paid by Custodial Parent
- Monthly cost of daycare paid for by Custodial Parent
Call the Law firm of Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P. today to schedule a consultation with your family lawyer.