Bucks County Child Support Attorney
Pennsylvania requires that parents financially support their child, and when parents are not married it usually results in the noncustodial parent paying the custodial parent support to cover their child’s daily living expenses. Calculating child support can be a complex process, and you should always utilize the services of an experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney to ensure that you are not paying too much, or receiving too little, in child support payments. To learn more about child support for your case, call or contact our Bucks County child support attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand to schedule a consultation today.
What Factors are Considered in Child Support?
State law provides a basic fee schedule to assist in determining the proper level of child support, but the court is allowed to deviate from those guidelines based on the unique circumstances of your family situation. Some of the factors considered when deciding whether to deviate include the following:
- Unusual needs or obligations of the child
- Other support obligations
- Other household income
- The child’s age
- The assets and liabilities of each parent
- Any medical expenses for the child not covered by insurance
- The child’s standard of living, and
- Any other factors the court determines relevant
Other common costs that may affect the total child support payment include tuition for private school, childcare costs, and which parent covers the child on their health insurance.
When Does Child Support End?
In Pennsylvania, child support ends when the child turns eighteen with some exceptions to the rule. Some parents stipulate in their divorce agreements to cover the costs of their children until they graduate from high school or college. Children with ongoing physical or mental disabilities may have an indefinite support order if they will have continuing medical costs for the rest of their life. However, child support can end early if the child becomes emancipated from both parents or gets married.
Collecting and Enforcing Child Support
Child support is paid monthly from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s care. These payments can be made by cash, check, direct deposit, wire transfer, or through online methods like Paypal or Venmo. If the parent paying support fails to make payments, also known as falling into arrears, the Pennsylvania Child Support program or an experienced attorney can assist in enforcing child support through different legal means.
Some of the most common methods of enforcing child support payments include the following:
- Wage garnishment
- Contempt of court orders
- Suspension of professional licenses
- Fines and jail time
- Restriction or revocation of driver’s license
- Liens on personal property and real estate
- Seizure of bank accounts
- Interception of lottery winnings and tax refunds
- Publishing the delinquent parent’s name in the newspaper
- Reporting the arrears to credit agencies
Call or Contact our Bucks County Child Support Attorneys Today
If you would like to learn more about child support in Bucks County or how to enforce it, call the office or contact us at Kardos, Rickles & Hand today to schedule a consultation of your case with one of our experienced family law attorneys now.