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.
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.
As you might imagine, this task often proves challenging and stressful because it can highlight financial and parenting differences. If conflict escalates, the children suffer.
The Collaborative Process 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.
Learn more about how the Collaborative Team can assist you during divorce.
- Find a Collaborative Lawyer
- Learn how a child specialist can assist you
- Speak to a divorce coach about better co-parenting
- Review financial outcomes with a financial specialist
Collaborative lawyers are available to discuss the financial contributions of both parents and child support agreements. Our law professionals practice family law in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas.
Connect with a member of the Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania and schedule a consultation today.