Do You Have to Pay Child Support if You Have 50/50 Custody in PA?

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Yes, if you earn more than the child’s other parent, you will need to pay child support in Pennsylvania even if you have 50/50 custody. Learn the circumstances under which a parent must pay child support even if they share custody 50-50 with the other parent  from noted PA child support lawyer Lee A. Schwartz, Esq.

The child support lawyers at Schwartz, Fox & Saltzman, LLC have over 40 years of combined experience solving parents’ problems regarding child custody and child support. Let us help you get the support and custody arrangement that is best for your family. Call us today.

The Purpose of Child Support in PA

The goal of child support is to provide for the financial needs  of raising a child or children by  their parents. Child support is usually paid in regular payments by one parent to the other  to support the child’s basic needs, and in some cases other expenses not covered by basic child support, such as private school, summer camp and other expenses. Basic child support covers expenses for children such as food, housing, clothes, regular expenses , and the costs of extracurricular activities. 

All parents are subject to a child support calculation whether they were married, were never married, never had a relationship, or are same-sex parents.

How is Child Support Calculated in PA?

In PA the court considers the parents’ relative income. The basic calculation begins with adding the parents’ incomes together, consulting the Pennsylvania Child Support Chart for that amount of income and the number of children involved, calculating the total income of the two parents and arriving at a support figure for that child. The non-custodial parent pays their percentage of the total income of the two parents, of that support figure. So, for example, if the total support amount for a child is $1000 per month and the parent obligated to pay support has 30% of the income between the two parents, the parent pays the other parent $300 per month.

Keep in mind that If the combined monthly income of the parents exceeds $30,000, the Pennsylvania Child Support Chart does not apply. Instead, there is a different calculation made for child support in high income support cases. . 

How Alimony Affects Child Support in PA

Before completing the basic child support calculation, modify each parents’ incomes by any ordered alimony or spousal support. In other words, deduct spousal support from the income of the support obligor and added to the income of the obligee.

The Support Obligor Will Pay More for Additional Children

The Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines  sets forth the amount of child support to be paid,  according to the parents’ combined income and the number of children subject to the child support order, up to six children provided for in the Guidelines. Obligors with more children will consequently pay more in child support, than people pay who have less children.

The Support Obligor Will Pay Less if the Obligor Has More than 40% Custody

Here’s where the support obligor who has 50/50 custody or significant overnights with the children, will get a reduction in child support.  The court will take into consideration the fact that the child or children spend half or a significant amount of overnights with the support obligor, who is supporting them during that time. The court will reduce the amount of the child support obligation accordingly.

The Children’s Extraordinary Expenses Are Paid in Addition to the Basic Child Support 

The court can order expenses beyond those covered by basic support  to be paid in addition to the basic support amount. Examples of this type of expenses include summer camp, child care or daycare for young children so a parent can work, tutoring, private grade school or high school and other expenses not covered by basic support, that are deemed necessary by the court, or are expenses the parents agreed to pay for their children. 

For these one-time or unusual expenses that are not included in basic child support, the court may order the support obligor to pay his or her proportional share of these expenses. For example, if the parents’ combined monthly income is $10,000 and the support obligor makes $6500 of that, the obligor will pay 65% of the expense and the obligee, 35%.

Call Schwartz, Fox & Saltzman, LLC for Help with Child Support in PA

Every family is unique. What makes the Pennsylvania child support lawyers at the Schwartz, Fox & Saltzman, LLC Firm successful is their proven ability to assess a family’s needs, make sure the court  is aware of all factors present that should increase or reduce child support, and give the court  the opportunity to consider those facts and give those factors the weight they deserve so that the support calculation is fair and complies with the law.

If you have an issue with the amount of child support you are paying or receiving, call us. Let us help you get the child support arrangement your family needs.

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