Child Support

Parents are required to support their children who are unemancipated and 18 years of age or younger. The duty of support is absolute. In limited cases, parents may be required to support their children who are 18 years of age or older. The court considers five main factors in determining child support. They are: the income of the parties, the expenses of the parties, the parties’ capacities to earn, their assets and debts and their standard of living. Pennsylvania has support guidelines, as do many other states, which may be viewed at www.childsupport.state.pa.us.