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Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines

Factors Used to Determine Child Support in Pennsylvania


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.

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