In Pennsylvania, the formula for calculating child support is based on the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically Rule 1910.16-4. The formula takes into account the income of both parents and the number of children involved, as well as any other relevant factors such as child care expenses or health insurance costs.
The basic formula is as follows:
- Determine the combined net income of both parents.
- Determine the percentage of the combined net income contributed by each parent.
- Look up the basic support obligation amount on the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines table, based on the number of children and the combined net income of both parents.
- Multiply the basic support obligation by each parent’s percentage of the combined net income to determine each parent’s share of the obligation.
- Adjust the amount for other factors, such as child care expenses or health insurance costs, as appropriate.
It’s worth noting that the exact calculation can be complex and there are many factors that can affect the final child support amount. It’s best to consult with a family law attorney for a more accurate estimate.