Child support concerns can arise for couples in Pennsylvania who are going through a divorce, or even for couples who have never been married but who have children together. Oftentimes, concerns about child support are just one part of a larger family law case. However, child support can be an obligation that impacts both parties to the case for years to come. So, what are your concerns when it comes to child support?
For starters, some child support disputes begin with paternity issues. One party or the other may request that paternity be definitively established, usually by a DNA test, before the issue of child support is addressed. From there, if paternity is established, the most pressing part of this issue arises: How much child support should be ordered?
Although there are guidelines that a family law court will follow when ordering a certain amount of child support to be paid, sometimes a judge can deviate from those guidelines. However, in all cases, the goal is to establish an amount that can actually be paid. After all, it is in the best interests of the child to receive appropriate levels of financial support from both parents.
Taking your concerns to heart
At our law firm, we understand that Pennsylvania residents who are going through a child support dispute oftentimes have more questions than answers. We work with our clients to attempt to make sure they have the information they need to understand their options and make the best decisions for their families and futures. For more information, please visit the family law overview section of our law firm’s website.