I had a child support hearing on March 13th and was told my payments would be $106.77 per week. Although I just received this recommendation letter saying I will have to make payments of $507.40 a month, arrears are set at $494.46 that are due immediately, but on the back of it says $463.95 for support and $43.45 for arrears.
A review of the document would be necessary to be 100% sure, but based upon the numbers you have provided, the $494.46 is the portion of your arrears that is due immediately. The rest of your arrears will be paid down at $43.45 per month which is added to your ongoing monthly obligation. There are roughly 4.3453 weeks in a month, so when your weekly payment of $106.77 is multiplied by the 4.3453 weeks in a month you reach the total of $463.95 per month. An additional $43.45 is added for the remaining arrears bringing the monthly total up to $507.40.
Timothy D. Belt, Esquire Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.
A review of your paperwork by an experienced attorney would be the best way to get the most accurate response. However, based on what you've stated, it sounds like you have a pretty standard order. Your $494.46 in arrears is the amount that was accrued between the day the petition was filed and the day the order was entered. You will be paying the higher amount of $507.40 until your arrears balance is paid off, then your payments should drop back down to $463.95 each month (or $107.06 per week).
You can also contact your support enforcement officer or customer service at the Domestic Relations Office in your county to get additional clarification.
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