Calculating Child And Spousal Support

The financial commitment that married couples make to their family does not end when the marriage does. Many divorce cases involve negotiations around child and spousal support payments.

How Pennsylvania Calculates Spousal Support Amounts

A divorcing spouse may request spousal support or alimony pendente lite before the divorce is final. Support provided after the divorce is known as alimony. Pennsylvania courts must use Rule 1910.16-4 of the state code to calculate support amounts requested before the divorce is final. This formula takes into account the net incomes and earning potential of both spouses, and it can accommodate special circumstances such as unusual expenses or needs.

The courts are not bound by formulas when calculating alimony payments after the divorce is final. However, they do consider the individual circumstances of both parties when determining the amount of the alimony payments and the length of the payment schedule, including:

  • Physical, mental and emotional health
  • Current ages
  • Length of the marriage
  • Assets and debts of each spouse
  • Standard of living experienced during the marriage

Factors Used To Determine Child Support Payments

The Pennsylvania state code provides a table that the courts must follow in the basic calculation of child support payments. It considers net income of both parents, the number of children they have and the amount of responsibility (expressed as a percentage) they have for the care of their children if there is a joint custody agreement. Adjustments can be made in situations with expenses such as day care, health insurance premium payments or private school tuition.

How A Child Support Lawyer Can Help You During A Divorce

The Law Offices of Robert E. O'Connor, P.C., located in Media, Pennsylvania, can suggest strategies for requesting support payments or responding to a support request. Our lawyer can represent you at court or in negotiation situations, and help you reach an agreement with your spouse.

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Our attorney has handled hundreds of child support cases successfully. Call us at 484-443-3087 or use our online form to get answers today.