Child Support Lawyer in Bucks County
Pennsylvania has specific guidelines devised by the Pennsylvania legislature to determine the amount of support to which you are entitled. Under the law, every parent is obligated to support his or her children. This principal may seem simple, but it can become quite complicated. The amount of support you receive or pay is determined by the number of children you have, the disparity in income between the parties, and the amount of time the child or children spend with each parent. Usually the non-custodial parent pays support to the Custodial Parent. Other childcare costs such as daycare, extracurricular activities, camps, and health insurance premiums are factored into the equation of how much support you will receive or pay. It is also common for a parent to hide income in order to reduce the amount of support paid. In that circumstance, it is necessary to dig deeper into the finances of the parent paying support to ensure he or she is fulfilling his or her responsibilities. It can require complicated investigation. Often, the person entitled to support is willing to settle for a smaller amount in order to avoid unpleasantness, but it is important to know that you are fighting for your children, not only for yourself. It is also important to know that you are able to modify the amount of support you pay or receive if there is a change in your circumstances. If an order is already in place is it necessary to file a petition to modify support. Even if you and the other parent reach an agreement it is useful to go through the courts in order to have an order that is enforceable. If you have an informal agreement, there is no way to enforce it if the other parent stops paying. If an agreement is devised through the court system it is possible to enforce it through a contempt petition. There are also tax implications with regard to support and who is able to claim the dependency exemption.
Bucks County Lawyer for Child Support
The lawyers at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you and your children get the support you deserve through skillful navigation of the court process. We are also equipped handle a variety of other family-based legal issues, including custody, adoption, and pre-/post-nuptial agreements. Clients looking for a dedicated and experienced lawyer should call our office for a free consultation: (215) 297-6333 (Bucks County).
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