Child Support Lawyer / Attorney Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, PA
On-going financial support after separation or out-of-wedlock children
The basic concept of child support is relatively simple; whether or not you live with your children on a day to day basis, you remain financially responsible for them. Pennsylvania child support laws aim to ensure that that the non-custodial parent continues to make a financial contribution to their child's well-being. The family law attorneys at Saltzman & Gordon have extensive experience representing both the parent paying and the parent receiving child support. We are able to guide you through the process and ensure the best possible result for you and your family.
Pennsylvania calculates child support based upon guidelines that consider the actual income as well as the earning potential of both parents. It also takes into consideration the amount of time each parent spends with the child(ren). If one spouse is receiving both child support and spousal maintenance, these amounts can have an effect on each other as well.
Our Allentown, Bethlehem & Easton child support lawyers begin the calculation process by taking an in-depth financial inventory of both parents. Based on the child support guidelines for Pennsylvania, we will make a determination of what should be paid or received and use this information to come to an agreement with your ex-spouse or child's other parent. If we can not reach an agreement, we are prepared to use our financial analysis in the courts to obtain the child support arrangement you deserve.
What constitutes "income"?
Under Pennsylvania law, the income for the purposes of determining child support include:
- All regular wages and salary
- Overtime, Commission Pay, Bonuses
- Interest earned from investments or ownership of a business
- Retirement Income, Social Security Disability Payments, Social Security Payments
- Unemployment or Workers' Compensation
- Entitlements to lump sum awards such as legal settlements or lottery winnings
If you child's parent has unreported, "hidden" income such as cash tips from a serving job or is paid in cash by a small business (landscaping and construction industries or other independent contractors) it should still be considered in the support calculations. Even if someone chooses not to work, they can be held responsible for support based on their earning potential as determined by their past income, skill set or education level. The attorneys at Saltzman & Gordon will ensure the best possible outcome for your unique situation by way of their extensive experience in dealing with child support and all family law matters.
Adjustments to Child Support
Over time the needs and financial situation of your family may change, leaving child and spousal support agreements open to change. Our experienced Allentown family lawyers can assist you with reviewing, and if needed, modifying existing child support or alimony arrangements. modifications.
We handle child support cases throughout the Lehigh Valley and Northampton County including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Berks County, Carbon County and surrounding areas. To speak with one of our attorneys about your case over the phone or to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call 610-435-6300. If you would prefer to contact us via email, click here.