Chalfont Child Support Lawyers
Dedicated Family Law Attorneys Help Parents with Child Support Disputes in Chalfont, PA
In Pennsylvania, the law imposes an obligation on each parent to provide financial support to his or her children. When parents are separated and no longer live together, the parent who maintains custody of their children may be entitled to seek child support from the other parent. Child support includes financial payments made by one parent to the other for the benefit of their children; child support can include other benefits, such as a parent extending his or her health insurance coverage to his or her children. Child support is typically provided until a child is emancipated from his or her parents, which usually occurs when the child turns 18, graduates from high school, or finishes with a course of undergraduate study. Child support is meant to benefit the child, to ensure that the child enjoys a similar standard of living that he or she would have enjoyed had his or her parents lived together.
If you are having disputes over establishing, enforcing, or modifying a child support arrangement, the Chalfont child support lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford can help you protect and advocate for the rights and interests of your children.
Chalfont, PA Family Lawyers Represent Parents Throughout Child Support Cases
In many cases, a noncustodial parent (the parent who does not live with the children for a majority of the time) is obligated to make child support payments to the custodial parent. Although parents sometimes negotiate child support arrangements, when child support is ordered by the court, the court considers a number of factors in determining the amount or types of support to be paid, including:
- The number of children subject to the order
- The income of both parents
- The earning capacity of both parents
- The assets of the parents
- The child’s/children’s ordinary expenses
- Any unusual or unique needs of a child or parent
It is important to remember that the right to child support does not belong to a parent but instead to the child. It is the policy of child support laws in Pennsylvania to ensure that each child benefits from the income or good fortune of both parents. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, we are prepared to help you fight to get the child support that your child deserves. We can guide you through the process of establishing a child support order, enforcing an order if your child’s other parent is not making payments, or modifying an existing order to account for changes to your income or earning capacity, your child’s other parent’s income or earning capacity, or changes to your or your child’s expenses.
Why Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C. Can Help Your Family Determine Child Support Arrangements
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford has been serving the families of Bucks County, Montgomery County, and the surrounding areas for over 65 years. Throughout that time, we have worked tirelessly to provide our clients with effective, compassionate legal representation and service. We strive to provide you with the best representation, whether that involves continuing legal education in areas of family law or adopting new technologies to help us more efficiently resolve your case.
Our firm and our attorneys have been consistently recognized for their dedication and excellence. Several of our partners, including Amy Stern, have been named by their fellow attorneys in Philadelphia Magazine as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, while many of our associates have also been named by their peers as Pennsylvania Rising Stars. For almost a decade, Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford was named Best Law Firm by The Reporter’s Readers’ Choice, and was named a “Best Law Firm” by US News and World Report since 2010. In addition, since 1992, our firm has received the highest AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.
When disputes over money and your children collide, it can easily create a heated dispute that spirals out of control. We will help you effectively and efficiently resolve your child support matters, whether that involves negotiation and mediation, or if necessary, going to court to establish, modify, or enforce a child support order.
Knowledgeable Chalfont, PA Family Attorneys Guide Families in Child Support Cases
When you are in a dispute over child support, it can be a difficult, emotionally-taxing process since the dispute affects what is most important to you — your children. This is why it is important that you have an experienced family law attorney to represent you and help you fight for your and your children’s interests. Contact the Chalfont child support lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, who can help you understand your legal rights and options and can help guide you through the child support process.
About Chalfont, PA
Chalfont is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The land encompassing present-day Chalfont was acquired by William Penn via treaty with Lenape Native Americans and parceled to the Free Society of Traders. Although the earliest references to “Chalfont” included the purchase of land by Simon Butler in 1720, which included the “Village of Chalfont” along with land comprising present-day New Britain. However, present-day Chalfont went by many names in the 1700s and 1800s, including Butler’s Mill, Kungle’s Tavern, Barndtsville, and Whitehallville. During the 1860s, the North Pennsylvania Railroad built a station in Chalfont that greatly contributed to the economic and social development of the area, leading to the incorporation of Chalfont as a borough by the early 20th century.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Support in Chalfont,
Even if both parents of a child split physical custody, a court may still order the parent who does not have primary physical custody to pay child support to the other parent. This is because the purpose of child support is to ensure that the child enjoys the same standard of living that he or she would have enjoyed were the parents living together. A court may order child support if one parent enjoys significantly more parenting time than the other parent, or if one parent pays expenses like health insurance or medical care costs, education costs, or expenses of recreational activities, to ensure that both parents equally bear the expenses.
Courts begin calculating child support by referring to Pennsylvania’s child support guidelines. The guidelines provide a base support amount based on the parties’ respective earning capacities and the child’s expenses. Courts can deviate from the child support guidelines if the court determines that factors specific to a family warrant higher or lower child support, including the custody arrangement, whether a child requires special care, or if a parent has substantial income and/or assets.