Bucks County Child Support Attorneys
Skilled representation to protect your financial rights
As a parent, you have balanced your dreams for your children and your financial reality. If you are engaged in a divorce, you would like to keep those dreams alive, but now must adapt to a different set of financial circumstances. The Law Offices of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C. understands the plight of parents, whether they make or receive support payments, and we fight aggressively to make sure your court order is appropriate.
Determining the amount of child support in Pennsylvania
Both parents are responsible for contributing to the costs of raising children. The goal of child support is to provide children with the same proportion of support from each parent as they would get if the parents were still married. Like many states, Pennsylvania calculates basic child support by using a formula that considers many factors, including parental income and the number of children being supported. However, for the formula to work, each parent must make a complete and accurate financial disclosure. Many parents attempt to reduce child support costs by hiding sources of income and assets. Our Bucks County child custody attorneys use the discovery process to compel full financial disclosure so you can rest assured that the correct numbers are applied to the formula.
The court has discretion to ensure that children do not become casualties of divorce; the court favors maintaining children at the standard of living they enjoyed before their parents separated. That often encompasses expenses such as:
- Private school tuition
- Health insurance
- Day care
- Music lessons
- Summer camp
- Travel teams
- Various enrichment activities
Medical care and related expenses for children of special needs must also be considered.
It is crucial to have experience and determined legal representation to negotiate a fair support agreement or protect your rights in court.
Enforcing and modifying child support agreements
Payors and payees can petition the court for a modification of a child support order if they experience a substantial change of circumstances. A payor or payee should never rely on an informal agreement with the other, because the current court order will remain in effect. This allows the other parent, at any time in the future, to rescind on the agreement. Always consult an attorney and get a new court order that reflects your new financial situation. Our firm offers reliable legal advice and strong representation for all of these child support issues.
Contact our Bucks County child support attorneys for legal assistance
At The Law Offices of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C., we know how you struggle to provide for your child’s future. We provide the skilled representation you need to obtain a fair child support order that accurately reflects your financial reality. For assistance with child support issues during or after divorce, call 215.493.3360 or contact us online.