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Pennsylvania Child Support and Adjustments for Extra Expenses

Pennsylvania law requires that child and spousal support be awarded pursuant to a statewide guideline. The state uses a formula to calculate the obligor’s share of basic child support. On top of the basic child support the court may make adjustments to the basic support obligation and may allocate between the parties the additional expenses. ...

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Support Order Based on Evidence Outside of Record Vacated

Within the last five years, the issue of evidence outside of the record being considered by the trial court was raised in an appeal from a custody order in CMP v. MP, 54 A.3 950 (Pa. Super. 212)). Recently, the case of Johnson v. Johnson, 153 A.3 318 (Pa. Super. 2016), was decided and the vacating and remanding of the order was based on a similar...

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What are my Custodial Rights and Financial Responsibilities Toward my Eighteen Year Old Child?

In a few short weeks, many children will be graduating from high school and will embark upon the next chapter of their lives. Whether that choice includes college, trade school, or the work force, as a divorced parent, how does this milestone affect your custodial rights and financial responsibilities toward your child? Continue Reading

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Talented child, higher child support obligation?

  The rise of social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Tumblr has undoubtedly put a spotlight on talent. Today, more children than ever are getting their “big break” within minutes of  parents posting a video of their children belting out a song, performing a dance routine, creating a breakthrough in science or excell...

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My Child is Turning 18. . . Do I Have an Obligation to Pay Child Support?

In Pennsylvania, once a child turns 18, he or she no longer is subject to the jurisdiction of family court and therefore the child can chose where he or she resides. However, if the child is attending high school a parent has a duty to support that child until he or she graduates high school.  In the event the child is under 18 when he or she ...

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Whose Your Mommy? Legality of Surrogacy Contracts

It appears that regardless of her separation and subsequent divorce from husband, Lamar Sally, television personality, Sherri Shephard, will still retain the title of “mommy” to Lamar Sally, Jr. On March 1, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied allocatur on Shephard’s appeal on the enforceability of her surrogacy agreement, which...

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Do I have to pay for my Child’s Car Insurance?

Many divorcing or divorced parents ask whether they will have to pay for the cost of their child’s car insurance once their child reaches driving age. This is always a difficult question to answer because New Jersey law does not provide a definitive answer to the car insurance question.  We were provided with at least some clarification on thi...

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Unique Case of Stepparent Owing Child Support to Stepchildren

In Pennsylvania, generally, a stepparent is not liable for child support of his or her stepchildren. The mere existence of a relationship between a child and the stepparent is insufficient to establish a support obligation for the stepparents, even if the stepparent is found to be in loco parentis to the child. The recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court...

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A STEPPARENT WAS ORDERED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT IN PENNSYLVANIA CUSTODY ORDER?

  Did you know that a stepparent can be ordered to pay child support of his or her stepchildren in Pennsylvania? In a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case, just that happened – a stepparent was found to have a duty to support his stepchildren.  The case is called A.S v. I.S.   Continue Reading

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How Support Payments Are Enforced In Pennsylvania.

PA family law attorneys, Cara Boyanowski and Samantha Evian, discuss how support payments are enforced in Pennsylvania.

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