Assisting With The Establishment, Modification And Enforcement Of Child Support Orders

Whether you are divorced, separated or no longer living with your child's other parent, one thing is true: Raising children is costly. Whether you are seeking support or have been court-ordered to pay, Ayla O'Brien Law Firm, P.C., is here to offer advice, guidance and representation. We represent clients in all matters involving child support, including but not limited to:

  • Establishment and determination of child support obligations
  • Child support modification
  • Paternity and child support
  • Contempt in child support

Our goal is to ensure that our clients, both those paying child support and those receiving it, are treated fairly and in accordance with the law. We provide comprehensive representation at all stages of child support cases from the filing of initial pleadings and modifications to representation at support conferences, master's hearings, and trial.

How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?

The law clearly lays out how child support is calculated. Support awards are based on financial formulas and state guidelines.

When courts calculate child support payments, they consider factors such as:

  • Each parent's gross income (sometimes based on earning capacity rather than actual earnings)
  • The number of minor children
  • The percentage of time that each parent has custody
  • Consideration of other expenses, such as child care, medical insurance, and un-reimbursed medical expenses

However, there are unique situations that can impact child support payments. It is always advisable to seek the help of an experienced lawyer. Handling child support matters on your own can lead to costly mistakes as well as added stress and aggravation.

Our firm's attorney, Ayla O'Brien, not only guides clients through the initial child support process, she also helps clients with changes or problems later on. This includes modifications, arrears and contempt of court for failure to pay child support or out of pocket, un-reimbursed medical expenses.

Additional Information About Child Support

  • Child support obligations typically end when the child turns 18 or finishes high school. But support may be required after that time if the child has special needs.
  • Some parents try to claim financial hardship as a means of avoiding child support obligations. This usually does not work, as child support calculations can be based on earning capacity rather than actual earnings.
  • Child support calculations can be modified over time as circumstances and needs change.
  • Child support and child custody are two different processes, each with its own enforcement mechanisms. One parent cannot withhold custody due to unpaid child support, nor can one parent withhold child support because of grievances about custody and visitation.

Help Is Just A Phone Call Away

With an office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Ayla O'Brien Law Firm, P.C., serves clients in Bucks County and surrounding counties. To discuss your case or to set up an appointment, call us at 215-596-4913. You can also fill out our online contact form.