Doylestown Child Support Lawyers
Results-Focused Family Lawyers Help Parents Through Child Support Matters in Doylestown, PA
Under Pennsylvania law, each parent has an obligation to provide financial support to each of his or her children. When parents do not reside together, parents may be able to meet this legal obligation through child support. In a child support arrangement, the noncustodial parent (the parent who does not have primary physical custody) makes payments to the custodial parent. Although child support payments are made to a parent, child support is not a right of parents; instead, the right to child support belongs to the child, who is entitled to share in his or her parents’ incomes and fortunes and to enjoy a similar standard of living that he or she would have enjoyed if the parents lived together.
Child support disputes often arise over determining the reasonable expenses for a child and determining the parents’ assets and incomes and ability to afford child support payments. Determining child support involves financial calculations and considerations of the family’s circumstances. If you are in the midst of a child support dispute and need help establishing, enforcing, or modifying a child support order, contact the Doylestown child support lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford to speak with a member of our firm to learn more about your and your family’s rights and options.
Doylestown, PA Family Law Attorneys Provide Legal Advice for Child Support Issues
Child support is often ordered by courts when parents of children live separately from one another. Courts determine the amount of child support to be paid by first looking to the Pennsylvania child support guidelines for a base support amount, which is determined from the parents’ respective incomes and earning capacities. Courts then establish a child support amount by considering a number of factors, including:
- The number of children under the order
- The incomes and earning capacities of both parents
- The other child support obligations of the parent subject to the child support order
- The reasonable expenses of the child
- The medical needs of the child
- Any unique needs the child may have
Courts can also order parents to provide other forms of child support, including extending health insurance coverage or directing parents to share in a child’s college expenses.
It is important to remember that child support obligations are not fixed but can be modified if a family’s circumstances change. Child support obligations can be increased, decreased, or terminated if parents’ incomes or earning capacities change, if the child’s expenses change, or if the child becomes emancipated. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, our Doylestown child support attorneys can help you with establishing a child support order, enforcing an existing order if you are not receiving payments, or modifying or terminating an existing order if your family’s circumstances have substantially changed since the current child support order was entered.
Why Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford Can Help You with Your Child Support Dispute
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we understand that it can often be difficult to determine the amount of child support that is both fair to the child and adequately provides for his or her needs while being within the parent’s ability to afford such support. That is why our attorneys take pride in our experience helping families across Pennsylvania resolve their child support disputes. We are particularly adept at helping families resolve disputes and reach agreement. Of course, we are also prepared to help you, as a parent, fight in court to ensure that your children are properly provided for through child support.
For over 65 years, the Doylestown family law attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford have worked hard to provide families across Southeastern Pennsylvania with excellent client service and ethical representation. As a result, our firm has been recognized for our commitment to this level of practice. Our partners Jay Glickman, Marc Steinberg, Gregory Gifford and Amy Stern have been recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by their fellow attorneys. Some of our associates have also been recognized by their peers as Pennsylvania Rising Stars. Our firm as a whole, in addition to being named “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World Report, has since 1992 been assigned the highest AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating program, in recognition of our commitment to ethical representation for our clients.
Let Our Experienced Doylestown, PA Family Law Attorneys Guide You Through the Child Support Process
Every parent seeks to provide for his or her children, to the best of his or her means. When you are separated or divorced, child support is a means by which both parents can contribute to the child’s needs. Determining child support is a complex process that involves the calculation of the parents’ financial means and consideration of the family’s subjective circumstances. If you are seeking to establish, enforce, or modify a child support obligation, contact the knowledgeable Doylestown child support attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team to learn more about the child support process and how our firm can help advocate for the rights of your children and your family. Call us today at 215-822-7575. We offer a free initial consultation.
About Doylestown, PA
Doylestown is a borough and county seat of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, located 35 miles north of downtown Philadelphia. Doylestown traces its origins to its namesake William Doyle, who in 1745 received a license to establish a tavern in present-day Doylestown. The community blossomed due to its favorable position along the road between Philadelphia and Easton. The borough’s growth led to the county seat for Bucks County being moved from its original location in Newtown to Doylestown in the early 19th century. The move also spurred growth in professional offices and businesses in Doylestown located in a collection of Federal-style buildings in downtown Doylestown. Throughout the decades, Doylestown has maintained its residential and professional character. In response to pressure from postwar suburban sprawl, in the 1980s and 1990s Doylestown redeveloped its downtown area, fostered by a revitalized appreciation for the town’s historical architecture.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Support in Doylestown, PA
Yes. Even if biological parents were never married to one another, the law in Pennsylvania enforces an obligation on all parents to provide financial support to their children. If parents were never married to one another, the parent with custody can still petition the court for an order for child support. If a mother seeks child support from her child’s father to whom she was not married and the father is not listed on the child’s birth certificate, it will first be necessary to establish the father’s paternity before the court will order child support.
Not necessarily. The court bases child support payments on the parents’ earning capacity. A court can order a parent to continue paying a higher child support amount if the court finds that the parent has deliberately quit their job or taken a lower paying job to avoid or reduce child support obligations, continuing to base the child support obligation on the parent’s earning capacity (what income the parent should reasonably be earning) rather than the parent’s actual income. A court may also continue child support payments for a parent who loses his or her job if the parent has substantial assets to continue affording payments.