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How Child Support is Calculated in Pennsylvania

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Mar 04, 2024 | 0 Comments


As an attorney with L. Theodore Hoppe, Jr., Esquire - Attorney at Law practicing in Pennsylvania, I often encounter questions about how child support is

calculated. In Pennsylvania, child support is a financial obligation that a noncustodial parent pays to the custodial parent to cover a portion of child-rearing costs. The amount of child support is determined by specific guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania state legislature. 


Factors Considered in Calculating Child Support 

Several factors are considered when calculating child support in Pennsylvania: 

  1. Net Income: Both parents' net incomes are considered. This includes wages, salaries, bonuses, fees, and commissions, among other sources of income. 

  1. Number of Children: The number of children who are in need of support affects the calculation. 

  1. Custody Arrangement: The amount of time each parent spends with the child can impact the support order. In shared custody situations, where each parent has the child for more than 40% of the time, the calculation may be adjusted. 

  1. Additional Expenses: Certain additional expenses are considered. These can include health insurance premiums, childcare costs, private school tuition, and any special needs of the child. 

The Pennsylvania Child Support Formula 

Pennsylvania uses an "Income Shares Model" for determining child support. This model starts with the combined monthly net income of both parents. The state provides a guideline that estimates the total cost of raising the child based on this combined income and the number of children. This cost is then divided proportionally between the parents based on their respective incomes. 


Understanding how child support is calculated in Pennsylvania can help parents navigate the complexities of their financial obligations following a separation or divorce. Additional information about child support may be found at the PA Child Support websiteIt's important to remember that every situation is unique, and the specifics of your case may require a more detailed analysis.  If you would like more information about child support and your rights and responsibilities, please contact  L. Theodore Hoppe, Jr., Esquire - Attorney at Law. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a licensed attorney for legal advice. 

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Ted Hoppe

Hi, my name is Ted Hoppe and I have been an attorney in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. One of the things I enjoy best about being an attorney is meeting and getting to know the clients who come to my office. I have been privileged to build long-term relationships with many of these clients and am honored that they come back to me for advice when legal issues arise in their lives. Many of them have also referred their families and friends to me for legal services which, frankly, is the best thanks an attorney can get.


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