Child And Spousal Support Are Two Distinct Processes

At Kalinoski Law Offices P.C. we provide customized and comprehensive legal guidance regarding the establishment of child support and spousal support. Whether you are seeking financial support from a former partner or you want to protect yourself from being ordered to pay too much, we have the knowledge to assist you in reaching a fair resolution efficiently and cost-effectively.

Pennsylvania uses the "income shares" model for calculating child support. Under this model, children of separated or divorced parents, or parents who were never married, are entitled to receive the same proportion of parental income that they would have received if the parents lived together. The court determines this amount by considering a number of factors, including:

  • The number of children
  • The income of both parents
  • The medical needs of the child
  • The educational needs of the child
  • Cost of day care
  • Child support obligations from any additional relationships

We invest the time required to gain a full understanding of your situation in order to present a clear picture of your family's finances and your child's needs. If there are reasons to deviate from the prescribed formula — for example high incomes, special medical needs, private schooling or other extra costs — we assemble the necessary documentation to support a child support amount that is appropriate for your family's unique situation.

If you suspect that your child's other parent is hiding income in order to minimize the amount of child support or spousal support awarded, we work with investigative specialists who will help identify those hidden assets.

Spousal Support Lawyer Serving Wilkes-Barre Area And Beyond

In Pennsylvania, spousal support refers to the financial support provided to a spouse after a legal separation and prior to the filing of a divorce complaint. Alimony Pendente Lite (APL) is a form of spousal support that one party can receive prior to the issuance of a final divorce decree. Alimony is a form of financial payments to the spouse after a final divorce decree is entered by the court. In Pennsylvania, a party seeking alimony must successfully petition the court to receive alimony prior to a divorce decree being entered.

Alimony is based on a number of factors, including the earning capacities of both parties, the standard of living while the parties were married, the length of the marriage and the age and health of the parties.

We will carefully evaluate all assets, debts and other factors to develop a spousal maintenance agreement and child support agreement that are fair and in the best interests of you and your children.

In addition to initial child support and spousal support orders, we represent parents seeking modification of support when there has been a substantial change in financial circumstances. Also, if a party is failing to fulfill his or her financial obligations in this area, we can petition the court to enforce the court order through wage garnishment or some other means.

Our family law practice offers a free initial consultation in which our knowledgeable Scranton child support attorney can review your situation and recommend the best course of action. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation by calling 570-906-8173.