Child support is a monthly payment made by one or both parents to help cover the costs of raising their child. Usually, these payments are from one parent to the other co-parent. The parent who cares for the couple’s child the majority of the time (custodial parent) is most often the co-parent that receives the child support payments. The parent with less parenting time (non-custodial parent) is usually the Payor, of the co-parent who makes the payments.
In Pennsylvania, the law allows for a caregiver, who may not be a parent to request child support.
In Pennsylvania, parents are usually ordered to pay child support until the child is 18. However, there are some exceptions. One exception, is if the child becomes emancipated- in this instance, payments may end before age 18. On the other hand, a court may order parents to support a disabled child well beyond the age of 18. In addition, the court could order one or both parents to cover a child’s undergraduate or vocational expenses after their graduation from high school.
The amount of child support paid depends on the Pennsylvania child support guidelines. The guidelines are created with the number of children who need support in mind, as well as the income of both parents. However, there is some flexibility to account for the child’s needs and cost of living and the payor parent’s ability to provide support.
Pennsylvania child support guidelines:
See 231 Pa. Code Rule 1910.16-1 for the comprehensive Pennsylvania rules on child support.
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