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The rules for Pennsylvania child support

Pennsylvania parents who are divorcing with children may want to learn about our state's child support guidelines. For example, whether you are going to receive or pay child support, it's important to note that child support requirements will usually endure until a child is 18 years of age, or older in cases where the child has yet to finish high school or has a mental or physical disability.

Here are some issues about child support that single Pennsylvania parents should know about:

Receiving child support: Parents might arrive at an out-of-court agreement that a family law judge must later approve. Parents can also receive child support by filing an Application for Child Support at the Domestic Relations office closes to them.

Missing noncustodial parents: When a noncustodial parent cannot be found, the Domestic Relations office will help find the parent. The office will also assist parents in establishing parentage -- which is necessary before a child support order can be obtained. The office further assists with the collection, payment and enforcement of child support obligations.

How are child support amounts determined: Courts determine child support amounts based on the needs of the children and the ability of the noncustodial parent to pay. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has created detailed support guidelines that consider the parents' incomes, cost of daycare, medical insurance costs and other factors. These figures will then be reviewed automatically for adjustment purposes every four years.

Want to know more about child support in Pennsylvania and how much you might need to pay or be able to receive? A family law attorney can offer you guidance and information about your legal rights and options in this regard.

Source: FindLaw, "Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines," accessed Oct. 27, 2017

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