Child Support

Financial Support for Your Children Without Traditional Litigation

All parents, married or unmarried, are obligated to contribute to the financial support of their minor children. Pennsylvania Support Guidelines provide a formula for calculating basic support for food, clothing, and shelter. 

A Collaborative divorce attorney and a team of professionals can help you to avoid traditional court litigation and come to an agreement about child support that prioritizes your children’s needs. Support Guidelines and other relevant factors unique to the family are considered. Parents, along with their Collaborative Team, work together to find a creative solution that meets the children’s financial and emotional needs, fostering more successful co-parenting relationships.

Connect with a member of the Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania today to learn how we can help you create a child support agreement without emotional court processes. Our law professionals practice family law in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas.

What Will I Discuss With My Child Support Attorney?

As you might imagine, agreeing to child support is a task that often proves challenging and stressful because it can highlight financial and parenting differences. If the conflict escalates, the children suffer.

Each parent’s income or earning capacity and the number of children eligible to receive support are considered in the child support calculations. In addition to basic child support, the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines also provide a framework for determining payment of other essential expenses like:

  • Health care insurance
  • Education (private or parochial tuition)
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Childcare expenses

A parent’s employment status or being in an educational program prior to getting a job as well as the number of overnights the children spend with each parent are considered and may reduce the amount of child support.

Learn more about the role of each professional on the Collaborative Divorce Team and how they can assist you during a divorce.