Ensuring That Your Children’s Needs Are Met
The child support guidelines are mandated by federal and state law and “place a primary emphasis on the net incomes and earning capacities of the parties.” The guidelines must be reviewed at least every four years. The amount of child support is determined in accordance with the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines.
In computing a support amount, the court must consider the parties’ earning capacities as well as their actual earnings and other financial resources. Child support is based on the parties’ respective net incomes. Net income is determined by subtracting only specified deductions from a party’s gross income. Permissible deductions are federal, state and local income taxes, social security deductions, non-voluntary retirement contributions, union dues and alimony paid to the other party.
When You Can Deviate From The Guidelines
Deviations from the guideline figure are permitted only on the basis of specific factors. The court must specify in writing the guideline amount and set forth findings of fact and reasons justifying any deviation. In determining whether a deviation from the guideline amount is appropriate, the tryor of fact must consider:
- Unusual needs and fixed obligations
- Other support obligations
- Other household income
- Ages of the children
- Assets of the parties
- Uninsured medical expenses
- Standard of living of the parties
- All other relevant factors
How We Help
For nearly 40 years, the attorneys at Silverblatt & Associates have represented individuals in Wilkes-Barre and throughout the region in child support matters. We know that your child’s proper development and growth are essential and will work hard to make sure their needs are met.
In addition to providing counsel for support hearings, our firm can assist in locating noncustodial parents who are refusing to make payments. We are also adept in helping establish paternity and making sure court orders are enforced.