In Pennsylvania, child support is set by a formula. However, there are many factors that influence how much child support is owed and by whom. An experienced family law attorney can answer questions about earning capacity, unusual needs, extra income and other issues that can turn a simple calculation into a court case.
At Pride Law, we represent individuals in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, Upper Saint Clair, and throughout southwestern Pennsylvania in child support matters. We educate our clients about the factors that influence child support payments, and when the time comes, we help them negotiate support amounts with the other parent or present the case to a hearing officer in court.
Negotiating Child Support Payments Out Of Court
Because child support is determined by a statute, it can be one of the easiest things to negotiate out of court. There can be variables to determine — such as what other things will be paid for outside the monthly support amount, how income is calculated, and what is included as income — but we work with our clients to help identify commonsense solutions and engage in rational negotiation.
Child Support Modifications
When child support is determined, it is based on the current situations of both parents. However, substantial changes in circumstances may create a need for modified child support. If one parent receives a large raise or involuntary loss of income or the needs of children change, that may affect the amount of money parents are expected to pay. Until a new child support amount is determined, it’s critical to continue paying the agreed-upon support amount.
Whether you expect to pay or receive child support, it’s important to work with an experienced lawyer who can help protect your rights and the rights of your children. Learn more about the legal counsel and representation we offer by scheduling a free initial consultation. We can be reached through an online contact form or by calling 412-343-3183.