Beginning August 9, 2013, new statewide Child Support Guidelines will go into effect. For families whose combined net monthly income is $30,000 per month or less, the change in the amount of monthly support for minor children is negligible. In most cases, the monthly amount of support will increase $20.00 per month and in some cases, the amount of support will decrease $4.00-5.00 per month. The significant changes in the new Guidelines effect high income families whose combined net monthly income exceeds $30,000.
The new Guidelines also eliminate two former exceptions to support reductions in situations where one party has substantial or shared custody of a child(ren). The new Guidelines do not change the method of calculation of spousal support or temporary alimony (alimony pendente lite) during the divorce proceeding before a Divorce Decree is entered.
Revisions to the Guidelines do not represent an automatic change in circumstances. Rather, they are a ground which permits either party to file a Petition to Modify Support. If there are no unusual circumstances, any modification of a support order will only be effective retroactive to the date of filing of the request.
Please contact an attorney in our Family Law Group for more information concerning the new Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines or to schedule an appointment to determine whether the amount of support you are currently receiving or paying is correct.