Modification of Child Support


Modification of Child Support

A parent may petition the court at any time if they believe their circumstances have changed enough to justify a child support modification. The standard for modifying child support is a “material and substantial change in circumstances.” 231 Pa. Code Rule 1910.19. Some common example of a material and substantial change in circumstances include: a parent being laid off from their job, or a parent received a promotion at work and an increase in pay, if the child’s needs have changed since the initial order, or if there is a change in custody.

As the cumulative financial result of a modified child support award can be substantial over the years, parents seeking a modification in child support in Pennsylvania should work with an experienced family law attorney who can work with the parent to put together the supporting evidence and legal arguments that would compel the court to modify the award either to increase or decrease, or to effectively respond to another parent seeking modification.

Life constantly changes and evolves, and so does your family situation. If you find yourself in a position that appears to affect the income of a parent or unexpected expenses for a child, our team of attorneys are offering zero-contact consultations.

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About Ashley Valdes

Having been raised in a true “modern family”, Ashley Valdes is well versed in difficult family dynamics. She understands that families, and particularly children, will not only survive a separation or divorce, but can thrive afterward. Her personal and professional experience enables her to better understand clients’ needs and challenges. After attending law school in Florida, Ashley returned to Delaware County to serve the community that helped raise her. She began her career in civil and criminal litigation before practicing family law exclusively, which helped her to approach each case with a creative and effective solution. Ashley is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and she is an active member of the Delaware County Bar Association. Ashley resides in Delaware County with her husband, two sons, and two rescue dogs. She is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, listening to podcasts, and traveling.