Finding Equitable Child Support And Alimony Arrangements

Determining child support, spousal support and alimony is often a contentious part of a divorce. Working with an experienced lawyer is the best way to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process. Even if a divorce is not pending, child support and spousal support issues can arise. Likewise, child custody problems can occur, even if you are not married.

McMorrow Law, LLC, provides experienced family law representation in divorce and child custody cases. We can make sure that you pay or receive a fair amount of financial support. Speak with our Pittsburgh child support attorneys to learn how the support guidelines apply in your case.

Pennsylvania Child Support

Child support amounts are determined by Pennsylvania child support guidelines, which apply to couples with a net income of less than $30,000 per month. There may be deviating factors, however, which can affect the payment amount.

The guidelines include factors such as:

  • Each parent's net income available for support
  • The number of children and the number of overnight visits each parent has with the children

Parents must also determine how much each one will pay for the child's health insurance, other medical expenses, child care expenses and extracurricular or recreational activities.

Calculating child support amounts are generally more complex in cases where one spouse is hiding assets or owns their own business. In such cases, it may be necessary to include the services of a forensic accountant and other experts in order to determine a fair amount for support.

Spousal Support, Alimony Pendente Lite And Alimony

Spousal support may be awarded to one party while the couple is separated but before the divorce complaint has been filed. Alimony pendente lite (APL) may be granted after the divorce is filed. After the divorce is finalized and the assets have been divided, the court may award alimony for support and maintenance.

Like child support, the amount of spousal support and alimony pendente lite is determined by state guidelines. The most important considerations in determining alimony are the financial circumstances of each party. The court considers 17 economic and noneconomic factors, including:

  • Income and earning capacity of each party
  • Whether the party seeking alimony is capable of self-support
  • Whether one party supported the education or training of the other
  • Length of the marriage
  • Each party's physical, emotional and mental health
  • Contributions as a homemaker or child-rearer
  • Whether one party committed adultery

We have the experience to resolve complex cases, including those involving one party with a higher income, business owners and other professionals.

Get Help With Your Support And Alimony Issues

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