Is child support based on the needs of the children or child?

By David L. Ladov & Robert Whitelaw
September 26, 2013
PA FAQs/Child Support

No, not necessarily. Pennsylvania has guidelines based on what is called income share models. There are statistical analysis as to families spending certain percentages of their incomes for their children. These guidelines and grids are reviewed every three years in accordance with federal mandates. Those guidelines are published, they're available; people have to keep in mind as the incomes change of the parties so would the support change for the child or the children. A child support order today is not necessarily in concrete or stone; it's going to change depending upon the income of the parties. As the incomes increase, so will the child support amount. Pennsylvania, like many other states, have these grids or guidelines based on percentages of income that is supposed to go towards the children.

David L. Ladov is a partner and co-chair of the Family Law Group at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. He focuses his practice on divorce, including custody, child support, equitable distribution, abuse and domestic relations. David can be reached at (267) 675-4976 or

Robert Whitelaw is a managing partner and co-chairman of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP's Litigation Department and Family Law Group. He has 40 years of experience in practicing family law. Robert can be reached at or (215) 665-300.

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September 26, 2013
Categories:  Child Support|FAQs

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