Generally speaking, parents have an obligation to financially support their children.
Pennsylvania law is based on the belief that both parties should be contributing towards the costs associated with the care of their children in proportion to their respective incomes.
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding the appropriate amount of child support, it may be necessary for a conference or hearing with the parties to address their child support claims. At the time of that conference, various factors, including the parties’ income, their custody schedule, and additional expenses of the children can be addressed.
Following the parties’ conference or hearing, the Court may enter an Order directing the appropriate amount of support to be paid. The obligation to provide child support generally ends when the child reaches age 18 or graduates high school.