In Pennsylvania, child support may be owed from one parent (or caretaker) to the other depending on their incomes. The parent with primary custody of the child/children is entitled to child support. If parents share joint custody 50-50, the parent making less money may also be entitled to some child support as well.
There is a formula that Domestic Relations will use, using the incomes of both parents, and the number of children in the household. Other factors are considered such as other children the parents may be required to support, who provides the children's' health insurance, etc.
Recently, there was a change in the support law that took effect on January 1, 2022 relating to the statewide guidelines for calculating child and spousal support. The new guidelines provide for an average increase at all income levels of 15% for one child, 16% for two children, and 18% for additional children. The guidelines also include changes to the calculation of net income, including the treatment of overtime pay, bonuses, and other forms of income. The new guidelines are intended to ensure that child and spousal support payments are fair and equitable for all parties involved. These changes may significantly affect the amount of support paid or received by parents in Pennsylvania.
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