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What Does My Future Spousal Or Child Support Look Like?

At Worth, Magee & Fisher, P.C., we understand that divorcing spouses are very concerned about their financial well-being, as well as that of their children. We also know that understanding your rights to child support, spousal support and alimony can feel overwhelming. While these legal issues may seem insurmountable now, when you work with our law firm, we will fully educate you on your rights and act as aggressive legal advocates to ensure your financial future.

Our family law practice has helped hundreds of family law clients resolve the difficult issues of support and alimony. When you work with Worth, Magee & Fisher, we will help you understand all the factors that come into play for child support — whether you have primary custody and will be receiving child support or you are the noncustodial parent and will be paying child support. We can also help you determine what your spousal support arrangement may look like, whether you will be paying or receiving support.

How Does Pennsylvania Determine Child Support?

In Pennsylvania, child support is not optional. Both parents are financially responsible for their children. During a separation or a divorce, the courts will refer to an income model share when making a determination for the amount of child support due to the primary physical custodian.

This formula takes into account a number of factors, including the number of children, the income of the parents, their earning capacities and the percentage of custody. In very few instances, a judge may deviate from this set formula to address unique issues such as medical expenses for the children, day care or special educational needs.

What Factors Affect Spousal Support?

Spousal support and/or alimony is not a factor in every divorce. Certain criteria must be met in order for a judge to mandate that one spouse provide financial support to another while married (support) or following divorce (alimony) the court will usually look at the length of the marriage, the income of both spouses, the ability of both spouses to earn a living, their education and if one spouse gave up a career to care for the family to determine an appropriate award of spousal support or alimony.

Protect Your Financial Future. Contact Us For Help.

Our law firm has been serving clients in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas for more than 60 years. Learn more by contacting our Allentown child and spousal support lawyers today. To schedule an initial consultation, send an email, call us at 610-674-0505 or call us toll-free at 866-490-5954.