How To Reduce Your Child Support Payments
Child support is a very important part of the co-parenting relationship. Many well-meaning co-parents get stuck paying child support over and above what the Pennsylvania child support guidelines call for. This guide can help you make sure you are paying the right amount in child support.
Pay Attention To Changes In Your Financial PictureThere are good reasons for requesting a reduction in the amount of child support you pay. If you have lost a job or have changed jobs and are now earning less than you previously were, courts will likely reduce your child support obligation. However, be careful not to quit or change jobs for the sole purpose of reducing your child support payments. Such moves are obvious and can get you into hot water.
Document Your Financial PictureKeep track of pay stubs, tax returns, and your monthly bills. Be precise. Get actual copies of these documents. If you are not precise with these numbers and you submit to the court that your monthly expenses are more than your monthly income, you will be considered to be earning a higher amount in income than you actually earn. Your child support could be based on that higher income figure.