How Will Your Children Be Supported After Divorce?
Custodial parents often have legitimate concerns about the ability to support their children after divorce. Likewise, noncustodial parents may worry that they will be saddled with unfair child support obligations.
If you are divorcing or involved in a paternity action, Doylestown attorney Elissa C. Goldberg can make sure that child support is fair and reasonable. She commonly represents clients in mediation or collaborative divorce, which allow more leeway for alternative custody and support arrangements.
The Law Office & Mediation Services of Elissa C. Goldberg represents mothers or fathers in Bucks County, Montgomery County and the Philadelphia metro area in initial determination of child support and in post-decree modifications.
Specific Child Support Guidelines in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines dictate the level of child support, based on such factors as the number of children, child custody arrangements, net income and earning capacity. However, the guidelines do allow deviation if you (i.e., your lawyer) can make a good case, such as financial hardship.
It is more difficult to get a deviation in court, because the judge’s hands are tied by the statute. In out-of-court forums such as mediation or collaborative law, there are more opportunities to part from the “black letter of the law” in determining child support levels, as long as both parents agree.
Elissa C. Goldberg can also bring in accounting experts if you believe the paying parent is underreporting income (self-employed or paid in cash) or willfully underemployed to dodge support obligations.
Contact Us About Your Case
From our Doylestown office, we handle family law matters in Bucks County and the Greater Philly area. Call 215-345-5259 or contact us online today to learn more.