Separating Emotion From The Needs Of The Child

A child support case can arise in the context of a divorce, a separation, or the birth of a child outside of marriage. Sometimes the emotional turmoil former partners feel for each other spills over into legal wrangling over custody and support. In such cases, it's important for both parties to remember that every child deserves the love and support of both parents, including financial support. It benefits the child when parents ensure that all of the child's needs are met.

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, we help parents arrive at child support solutions that allow their child to grow and thrive with financial security. Our child support attorneys work to ensure that your final divorce settlement is fair to both parents and children.

If your divorce will involve child custody and child support decisions, work with experienced attorneys who can help you understand your parental rights and responsibilities under Pennsylvania's new child custody laws. Talk to a Harrisburg child support lawyer at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC: call 717-827-4074.

Pennsylvania Child Support Formula

For most people, child support is calculated based upon a formula that takes into account:

  • Both parents' incomes
  • Parental expenses, such as the number of additional children a parent may be supporting
  • The amount of time each parent has with the child (shared custody, partial custody, sole custody)
  • Any special needs of the child, such as medical needs or educational needs

Parents with very significant incomes that exceed the amounts covered under the guidelines will typically negotiate support payments in line with their ability to pay.

Providing A Reasoned Estimate

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, our attorneys can give you a reasonable expectation of the amount of support you might expect to receive to pay for your child. We can explain how a proposed custody agreement will impact a support award. If one parent suspects the other parent is hiding income in order to minimize a child support award, we have investigative resources we can bring to bear to identify hidden assets.

In addition to initial child support orders, we represent parents seeking modification of support when there has been a substantial change in financial circumstances. We also handle child support enforcement if one of the parents has neglected to fulfill his or her financial obligations.

Contact A Pennsylvania Child Support Lawyer

If child support will be an issue with your divorce, contact the Central Pennsylvania child support attorneys of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, to discuss your legal concerns. We accept credit cards, are available for evening and weekend appointments and operate two offices for your convenience. Call 717-827-4074. We have offices in Harrisburg, serving all communities in Dauphin County, Cumberland County, York County, Northumberland County and Franklin County.