Pennsylvania Child Support Calculator
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How Does A Pennsylvania Child Support Calculator Determine Amounts?
In Pennsylvania, either or both parents may be ordered to provide child support, based on their ability to pay.
The courts will consider: the net income, assets and earning power of the parents, any unusual needs of the
child or the parents, and any extraordinary expenses.
Official Pennsylvania Child Support calculator guidelines are designed to be in the best interests of the child, so that the
courts can correctly determine the amount of child support necessary.
These guidelines will be followed unless the
parents have agreed to a child support amount approved by the court, or the court finds these guidelines unjust for a
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At what age does child support payments end?
The obligation ends when the child reaches 18 years of age or the child graduates from high school, whichever occurs
later. A child will also automatically be ineligible for child support is removed from a previous disability status by a
Pennsylvania's custody guidelines:
The parents agree upon decisions about parenting and custody. If there is no agreement between the parents, then the
courts will make these decisions.
In Pennsylvania, joint or sole custody may be awarded based on the best interests of the child and the following
considerations: which parent is more likely to promote frequent physical contact between the child and the other parent and
whether either parent has a history of violent or abusive behavior.
In considering custody, the recommendations of a counselor may be used by the courts. Both parents may be required to
attend counseling sessions regarding the child's custody. When joint custody is a possibility, the courts may require the
parents to submit a joint parenting plan.
Pennsylvania's medical insurance guidelines:
If health care is available at a reasonable cost to the non-custodial parent through employment or other group coverage,
the court will require that the non-custodial parent provide coverage to the children.
The same applies to the custodial parent. Unless the non-custodial parent is already providing health care to the
children, the custodial parent must provide coverage if it is available to them at a reasonable cost through employment
or other group coverage.
How permanent are the provisions for Pennsylvania child support and custody ?
Court orders providing for support and custody of children are subject to change or modification to reflect significant
changes in income, and or living arrangements of the children.
Wage garnishment for child support payments:
Pennsylvania has a provision for withholding child support directly from the earnings of the parent who has been
ordered to provide support. The payments are withheld much like income tax is withheld from
This way of paying and receiving child support is generally easier for both parties and considered a very dependable
How does a joint custody agreement work?
Joint legal custody has become common in much of the nation. Joint legal custody is a form of custody of minor children
that requires both parents to share the responsibilities of the children, and for both parents to approve all major
decisions related to the children.
While joint legal custody is a 50-50 sharing of responsibilities, as often one parent is named as the primary physical
custodian and the other parent is granted visitation or partial physical custody rights.
How Pennsylvania determines child visitation:
Parents are free to spend time with their children at all times that are mutually agreed to by both parents. However,
when parents cannot agree to exactly when visitation will occur, a standard partial custody schedule accepted most
everywhere in the nation is: every other weekend, four to six weeks during the summer, and alternating holidays.
Partial custody rights, however, will be granted based on the unique circumstances of each situation.
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