Child Support

Pennsylvania uses guidelines to determine the presumptive amount of child support. However, the guidelines permit “deviations” from the presumptive amount of support under certain circumstances and mandates consideration of deviation factors, including the children’s reasonable needs, in high-income cases. An experienced family law attorney can offer the guidance you seek in figuring out how these rules apply to your situation.

At Shemtob Draganosky Taylor, we determine the actual income or earning capacity to determine the appropriate child support for clients. For W-2 wage earners, determining income may be a relatively straightforward process. However, determining income can be a complicated process if the parties are not W-2 wage earners, particularly when one spouse owns a business. In such cases, there may be income that does not appear on a W-2 or on a tax return. Contact the lawyers of Shemtob Draganosky Taylor for a complete income and support analysis.

When determining income, there are many factors to be considered, which may be included as income, such as certain “perks” that a company may be paying on behalf of the employee spouse. Even a W-2 wage earner may have company benefits. These benefits may be “add backs” to income. If a company is paying expenses such as cell phone, car payment, car insurance, housing allowance, or entertainment and travel, all are potential add backs to income, thereby increasing the amount of income available for support. In some cases, we use forensic accountants to determine the most accurate income available for support. 

We are skilled in knowing what to look for and what can be added to or subtracted from each party’s net income for the benefit of our clients. Our experienced attorneys can help analyze your situation to determine how you should proceed.

There are many overlapping issues to be determined at the time of divorce. Child custody arrangements can be a factor in child support. Spousal support or APL is also a factor in determining child support because it is calculated before child support is determined, then added to the payee’s income and deducted from the payor’s income available for child support. 

Contact family law attorneys at Shemtob Draganosky Taylor today to learn more about receiving and paying child support.

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