Category: Child Support

Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines Are Revised – February 2017

February 13, 2017 | Blog, Child Support, Income Calculations, Uncategorized

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Parents who are receiving child support in Pennsylvania might get a small raise in 2017 — if they negotiate or go to court under the new Pennsylvania child support guidelines, effective May 1, 2017.  To find if you might might be entitled to a raise (or have to pay more), look at the new Pennsylvania child support guidelines that are posted here. The Pennsylvania courts do not automatically grant child […]

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Child Support Collection Challenges

December 28, 2016 | Blog, Child Support

Icon for author Todd Begg Todd Begg

In the state of Pennsylvania, child support is awarded based on statewide guidelines that determine the amount owed after considering the net income of both parents, as well as the number of individuals being supported.  In many cases, the calculation to decide the amount of child support that is owed is a simple process, while the collection of child support presents many different challenges. Enforcing Pittsburgh Child Support Obligations The […]

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Social Media Boasting Torpedoes Child Support Reduction

May 11, 2016 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

C.O. aka C.G. v. N.G., No. 808 MDA 2015 (April 26, 2016)(non-precedential) In 2014, Father petitioned to modify his support obligation due to a medical condition known as thalassemia major, which is an inherited blood disorder that is treated with transfusions to restore red blood cells.  Father had stopped working full time as a Certified Public Accountant and had been unemployed for eight months.  He previously earned $52,000 to $54,000 […]

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Divorced stepparent who sought custody is responsible for child support

January 12, 2016 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

An evolving definition of family is challenging our courts to consider who may legally participate in child-rearing, and who is financially responsible.  The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania took a step on December 29, 2015, by issuing its opinion in A.S. v. I.S., 108 A.3d 1280 (2015).  In its majority opinion, the Court held that a step-parent who vigorously litigated for custody rights (even though he was not biologically related to the […]

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