A court in Pennsylvania uses several criteria to make a determination for a child support amount during a child support hearing. Parents residing in Pennsylvania are obligated to support a child until the child reaches age 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later. A court in Pennsylvania may require a parent to support a child beyond age 18 for special circumstances or for a child who has special needs.
Pennsylvania courts base child support calculations on an Income Share model, meaning, the amount is determined based on the incomes of both parents and a consideration is given to what a child would have been entitled to had the parents' relationship continued. Here is some more information about elements considered in a Pennsylvania child support case:
Child Support Factors
A court in Pennsylvania will consider the following factors prior to awarding child custody:
- Financial resources of the parents
- Earning capacity of the parents
- Custodial arrangements
- Parents' needs
- Child's needs
- Special circumstances to warrant a deviation from the child support formula
- Any other relevant factors
Non-Income Based Child Support Factors
In addition to child support payments, a Pennsylvania court may order a parent to:
- Add a child to a parent's health insurance
- Contribute to child care expenses
For more information about factors considered in a child support order in Pennsylvania, speak with a qualified attorney in Pennsylvania or refer to the Pennsylvania Code.