As of May 1, 2017, the new statewide Child Support Guidelines will go into effect.  As many parents in Pennsylvania already know, these guidelines, along with the combined net income of the parties, are used to calculate a parent’s monthly child support obligation.

The 2017 child support increases do not apply evenly to all income levels, but for most income levels the changes are pretty modest.  For example, the increase in the total basic support obligation for one child would be around $23 for two parents each earning $4,000 per month after taxes.  Another change includes the increase to the self-support reserve, which is intended to make certain that low income individuals who are paying child support have enough money remaining to meet their basic needs.  The self-support reserve has increased from $931 to $981 per month.

Despite these changes, Pennsylvania Courts do not automatically grant child support increases when the guidelines are updated.  A parent must file a child support modification request and obtain a new child support order.  If you or someone you know is paying or receiving child support in Pennsylvania, contact LaMonaca Law at (610) 892-3877 for additional information concerning the new guidelines and to determine how they affect your child support order.

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About Jennifer Lemanowicz

Jennifer attended College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, before being awarded a Merit Scholarship to Widener University School of Law. Following law school, Jennifer worked for a general practice firm where she gained experience in a variety of legal areas, including family law, non-profit law, and estate planning and administration. Jennifer joined LaMonaca Law as an associate in 2015, and concentrates her practice on matters of family law, including all aspects of divorce, support and custody proceedings. Jennifer is a whiz with a spreadsheet and is a member of the firm’s Forensic Support Team, which specializes in cases involving high value assets or complex marital estates. Jennifer is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Montgomery County and Delaware County Bar Associations, and she was recently recognized as a “Best Lawyer” by the Delaware County Daily Times. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, going out to eat with friends, and spending time with her family.