Child support is a tricky subject. You want the very best for your child, but you also want a fair parenting situation. In Pennsylvania, parents have the option to split child custody 50/50. However, you might wonder how this affects your child support payments.
To understand how child support works in Pennsylvania, you need to understand the three factors determining who pays for the child’s needs. Keep reading to learn more.
How do courts determine child support?
The three main factors that determine who pays for child support are:
- Monthly income after tax of the parents
- Number of children who need child support
- Supplementary expenses for the child
The Pennsylvania Courts provide a detailed chart for how much you might expect to pay based on combined net income. However, without an experienced attorney, you may struggle to calculate the amount independently.
Child support is not equitable
Of all the factors listed above, each parent’s income is the primary determinant. The courts do not generally look at child support as an equitable division of resources. Instead, child support intends to provide a consistent quality of life between both households. Typically, this means the parent with a higher income must pay for all the child support. Even if one parent makes an above-average wage, the other parent must pay child support if they have a substantially higher income.
You must expect to pay for child support if you earn more money than your co-parent. You must remember that you make the payments in the best interest of your child. The goal for child support is not to enrich your ex-spouse or partner but to help provide the best life possible for your children.