It's very expensive to raise a child. Under Pennsylvania law, all parents are responsible for the burden of raising their children. This means that some parents may be required, under court order, to make monthly payments to compensate another parent for the expenses of raising a child. Courts will look at the parent's income to determine the payment amount of child support. Whether you are seeking financial assistance or are the one from whom it is sought, we strongly advise you consult with a family law attorney to weigh out your legal options carefully.
In Pennsylvania, child support guidelines are based on a formula, and are determined through the analysis of various factors, including the medical, health care, day care, and other needs of your child. It is important to have an experienced family law attorney helping you with child support matters to ensure your rights are protected and the arrangements are in accordance with Pennsylvania law. If the need should arise, we can also help you with child support enforcement and modifications.
Alimony, also called spousal support, is a form of support paid by one former spouse to another after a divorce. It is intended so that, if one of the spouses in the divorce is in an economically weaker position, that spouse will still be able to support himself or herself. Alimony comes in the form of a regular, monthly payment one spouse makes to the other spouse to provide financial support during and/or after a divorce. The spouses may agree to the amount and duration of alimony, or the court may order it if the spouses can't agree.
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