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What factors do courts consider when calculating child support?

It is no longer uncommon or stigmatized to be an unmarried parent. Some studies suggest about half of all marriages end in divorce, while younger people are putting off marriage altogether, making single parenting very common. In Pennsylvania alone, about one-third of all children live in single-parent households, according to statistics.

This means that thousands and thousands of parents in this state need to be familiar with child support guidelines and orders. If you are getting divorced or recently had a child out of wedlock, then you should begin by understanding how support is calculated in this state.

In order to determine how much a parent must pay in support, the courts will take into account the following factors:

  • Both parents' income
  • Both parents' deductions
  • Balance of parenting time
  • Contributions to medical and child care expenses by paying parent
  • Number of children

Based on these elements, the courts will calculate support. They may deviate from the standard calculation, but only in situations with extenuating circumstances.

Ordered to pay child support? Take the obligation seriously

If the courts have ordered you to pay child support, it is crucial that you make your payments in full and on time. Failure to do so can have severe penalties, including loss of licenses, fines and even jail time.

Address concerns and questions about child support early 

Considering the fact that child support is essential to the well-being of a child, as well as the stiff penalties of delinquency, it is best to take whatever steps you can to avoid problems. This includes talking to an attorney about any questions or concerns you may have regarding child support in Pennsylvania as soon as they arise. Being proactive and understanding your legal options can help you make decisions that are in your best interests and the best interests of your child.

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