Child And Spousal Support

Just as most parents watch out for their children’s security and stability, parents approaching divorce are rightly concerned about their children’s welfare during and after the divorce. The same is true of unmarried parents who do not live together or who are in the process of separation.

How Will The Child Support Calculations Play Out In Your Case?

It is no longer the case, as was customary in past generations, to assume that a mother will keep custody of children and a father will send support checks after a separation or divorce. Today’s laws and family courts take a more egalitarian approach. Pennsylvania has adopted a child support model that is formulaic and is based on the number of children and the relative incomes of the parties. The established guidelines to determine the appropriate amount of child support in each case can be found in title 231, section 1901 of the Pennsylvania Code.

Confused About Pennsylvania Child Support? Lawyers At MHK Attorneys Can Advise You.

Understanding your rights and responsibilities when it comes to child support in your Pennsylvania family law case is the first step toward a successful resolution. MHK Attorneys offers advice and counsel for parents facing a divorce or regarding a stand-alone court order for unmarried parents.

Spousal Support Is A Separate Matter

If you are thinking about leaving the marital home, please contact a family law attorney right away. Doing so may make you responsible for spousal support or alimony pendente lite very soon thereafter. You should know your rights and obligations before making moves that could alter your situation.

In Pennsylvania, there are three types of support awards available in divorce:

  • Spousal support: pre-divorce relief for a dependent spouse before a filing for divorce
  • Alimony pendente lite (APL): pre-divorce relief for a dependent spouse after a filing for divorce
  • Alimony: post-divorce relief (included in a divorce petition and in the resulting court order)

There is no statewide formula for alimony awarded by final divorce decrees. However, the court must take into account factors, including:

  • The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties
  • The ages and physical, mental and emotional conditions of the parties
  • The sources of income for both parties
  • The standard of living established during marriage
  • Whether the spouse seeking alimony is incapable of self-support through appropriate employment

For a more complete list of factors that figure into determination of spousal support, contact us. Request a free copy of one of our books on divorce: The Men’s Book: Divorce In Pennsylvania or What Every Woman In Pennsylvania Should Know About Divorce. If you are headed for divorce in Pennsylvania, schedule a consultation with a lawyer at MHK Attorneys. Send us an email or call 570-992-2109.

We represent clients throughout North Eastern Pennsylvania, and have offices in Pocono Summit, Brodheadsville, Allentown and Bethlehem.