Protecting The Rights Of The Child In Support Cases
While it is important to remember that child support is the right of the child, it is also true that the amount that a parent pays or receives makes a difference in their overall financial situation. Keeping the child’s best interests at the forefront, I will also seek to ensure that the payments are fair for everyone involved.
At The Law Office of Trudy A. Marietta Mintz, I represent mothers and fathers in child support cases in the Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg areas. As an experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney, I can help you get through the child support determination process. To learn more, just call my office at 717-281-1199 and set up a free consultation with me.
A Child Support Lawyer Who Will Guide You Through The Process
People often have questions about the Pennsylvania child support guidelines. The state has a formula or “calculator” that determines the amount each parent contributes to the child’s needs. The amount is based on a number of factors, including:
- The income and assets of each parent
- Any loans or other debt a parent has
- The number of children they have
If custody is shared 50/50, the parent with the larger income typically must still pay child support to the parent with the lower income.
Sometimes, there are additional considerations, such as the child’s such as the child’s medical needs or a parent’s refusal to get or keep reasonable employment. It is important to have a child support attorney when these issues occur.
Modifying Child Support Payments
It is not uncommon for parents to ask for a decrease or an increase in child support. This can be granted for situations such as:
- The child’s needs have changed
- There is a health condition involving a child or a parent
- A parent’s income may have increased or decreased significantly
- A parent has other children they are also supporting
You do not want to attempt to modify child support on your own, especially if your co-parent has a lawyer. I know how to navigate these issues calmly and advocate for my clients in negotiation. If, however, you cannot reach an agreement, I will represent you in court.