The Legal Intelligencer: New 2022 Pennsylvania Child and Spousal Support Guidelines
In an article published in The Legal Intelligencer on February 7, 2022, family law attorney Michael Bertin analyzes the most recent revisions of the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines that went into effect on January 1, 2022. While prior revisions to the support guidelines were extreme, under the new support guidelines, there are subtle changes along with other changes that can have a more significant impact on support litigants.
Besides the thorough examination of the changes in the new support guidelines, Michael also reminds family law practitioners that it is important for attorneys to remember that pursuant to Rule 1910.19(a):
“a new guideline amount resulting from new or revised support guidelines may constitute a material and substantial change in circumstances …” which may warrant a modification in an existing case. However, a modification to support will only occur if a petition to modify is filed with the court.
Michael Bertin is a family law attorney who focuses his practice on child custody, child support, and divorce, including the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, divorce, custody, support, alimony, property distribution, prenuptial agreements, and related issues. He represents clients in the Philadelphia region, the Main Line, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester counties, and throughout Pennsylvania. He maintains offices in Philadelphia, PA, and in West Conshohocken, PA located in the heart of the Main Line. Michael was selected as the 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in the Philadelphia region by Best Lawyers in America®. He is co-author of the book Pennsylvania Child Custody Law, Practice, And Procedure. Michael is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and former Chair of the Family Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Michael holds the officer position of Secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is the current Co-Chair of the Custody Committee of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Michael also serves as chair of Obermayer’s Pro Bono Committee.