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Child Custody and Child Support Lawyers in Bucks County
There is a lot that divorcing parents have to consider when facing divorce, and child custody is one of them. In general, joint custody is favored for child custody, provided both parents are determined to be competent caregivers. Above all else, the court will seek to ensure the safety and overall well-being of the child when making child custody decisions. There are different types of child custody and visitation arrangements, so it is helpful for divorcing parents to know what those are.
When establishing a parenting agreement in Pennsylvania, the court will look at what is in the best interests of the child. Determining what is in the best interests of the child is guided by an evaluation of a variety of factors, including:
- the child's familial relationships
- the location of the child
- the child's wishes
- the mental and physical condition of the parties
How is child support calculated in the state of Pennsylvania?
Children have the right to financial support from their parents. Child support is a court-ordered payment intended for the costs of rearing a child. Expenses that are included in child support include monetary support for food, clothing, and shelter; health insurance; basic education expenses and may also include childcare expenses; extraordinary medical expenses; extracurricular activities; and visitation travel costs. Child support can be determined in different ways, including if the divorcing couple reaches a child support agreement that is approved by the family law court.
In general, child support is determined based on child support guidelines. Child support is based on the reasonable needs of the child and the reasonable ability of the parent to pay child support. Child support is reviewed by the family law court every 4 years. Factors that are considered when calculating child support include:
- the income of both parents
- childcare expenses
- the cost of medical insurance and any Social Security disability benefits the child may receive
- the living arrangements of the child
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