However bitter the relationship between parents, they both generally agree that their children deserve to be supported appropriately. However, they often disagree about just what level of support is "appropriate." These disagreements make child support one of the more hotly contested issues in many divorces and end-of-relationship situations.
At Purcell, Krug & Haller, we represent men and women in Harrisburg, Hershey, Lebanon, Carlisle and the surrounding areas who will be paying or receiving child support. We understand the financial impact child support payments have on parents' lives, so we strive to find resolutions that protect our clients' rights and the best interests of the children.
If you would like to speak with a Harrisburg child support attorney, please call 717-260-3485 or send us an email. Your initial consultation is free.
Understanding the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines
In Pennsylvania, as in most states, child support determinations are made by judges after considering a large number of factors, some of which are:
- Income of both parents
- The number of children
- Child custody and visitation arrangements
- Cost of day care, health insurance and similar expenses
- Child support obligations to children from other relationships
- Special needs of the children
The role of our Hershey and Harrisburg lawyers is to provide the judge with the information needed to calculate an appropriate amount of support in your case. Your needs will vary depending on whether your children are young or are still in school. We are able to account for the unique needs of your family by providing personal, attentive service and by fostering open communication with you.
Did you know? Sperm donors are not required to pay child support in Pennsylvania. Attorney John W. Purcell Jr. won the case that established this rule of law.
Modifying or Enforcing Child Support
As time goes on, your child's needs may change or a parent's financial situation may change. In these circumstances, it may be possible to have the child support amount modified to reflect the changes in your life. We represent parents seeking modifications as well as parents opposing them.
Unfortunately, some parents fail to pay the required amount of child support. This requires an enforcement proceeding, where one party takes action in an attempt to compel payments. We help parents pursue child support enforcement in appropriate cases. We also represent parents who are simply unable to pay and must defend themselves against an enforcement action.
Contact Purcell, Krug & Haller for a Free Consultation
If you have questions or concerns about child support in Pennsylvania, reach out to an attorney at our law firm for advice. Schedule your free consultation by calling 717-260-3485 (Harrisburg) or 717-533-3836 (Hershey). You can also reach us via email.