Category: Child Support

Parent’s Obligation to Pay for College Does Not Justify Child Support Adjustment

July 16, 2014 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Parents who are paying for their children’s college tuition in Pennsylvania may wonder if they are entitled to an adjustment of the support obligation for their minor children who have not yet entered college.  The Superior Court recently addressed that issue in an unpublished decision, M.J. v. S.J., No. 747 WDA 2013 (July 16, 2014).  The mother of the children in that case was receiving child support from the children’s father. […]

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Documents Not Required to Prove Income Reduction in Child Support Case

January 12, 2014 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions, Income Calculations

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

In Crouse v. Crouse, No. 639 MDA 2013 (unpublished, January 7, 2014), the mother and father settled their child and spousal support case when they first separated in 2008. At that time, Father was a principal of a corporation in the construction industry. Eleven months later, the support obligation was reduced when one of the children was emancipated, and subsequently, the spousal support terminated. In the fall of 2012, Father petitioned […]

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How College Savings and Custodial Accounts Are Treated in Divorce

October 15, 2013 | Blog, Child Support

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

As a family lawyer, I have seen more and more families saving for their children’s futures in recent years. That’s a good sign. But when parents get divorced, what happens to the college savings can be unpredictable.  There are at least four different vehicles for college savings: (a) Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (“UTMA”) custodial accounts; (b) 529 College Savings accounts; (c) Coverdell educational accounts; and (d) joint bank and […]

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No Blood Testing Allowed in Paternity Case

October 01, 2013 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

A recent decision of the Superior Court examined the “best interests” standard in paternity cases. R.K.J. v. S.P.K., 2013 Pa.Super. 259 (September 26, 2013).  R.K.J. (“Mother”) gave birth to a child, and her boyfriend S.P.K. (“Father”) signed an acknowledgment of paternity in the hospital, even though he knew that he was not the biological father. What he didn’t know is that Mother was not yet divorced from R.J., Jr. (“Husband”) […]

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