Can the Family Court consider household income of your co-parent in determining child support? In Pennsylvania, the answer is: yes. Courts look at the income of the parents to determine Pennsylvania child support amounts. If the parent paying or receiving child support lives with another party, the Court can consider that party’s income to determine child support.
The Court first looks at the income of the parents to establish a guideline number. In Pennsylvania, Courts determine child support by using a set formula. The guideline child support amount is presumptive. The Court can look at the income of the parent’s spouse or live-in significant other to depart from the guideline. The reason: because extra household income makes it easier for a parent to support his or her children. So, if the other parent is married, the Court can consider the income of that spouse to adjust the guideline number.
If you are dealing with a child support issue in Allegheny County, Washington County, Greene County, Fayette County, Butler County, Beaver County, or Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania, contact the Pittsburgh family law attorneys at Dodaro, Matta, & Cambest, P.C. today at 412-335-2409 to schedule a consultation. Do not try to handle this issue on your own. Work with the trusted divorce and child support attorneys at Dodaro, Matta, & Cambest, P.C.