Child and spousal support can be among the most hotly disputed topics during the divorce process. Shelly Grossman serves as a neutral mediator to help disputing parties come to an agreement on these topics so that the separation process can move forward as smoothly as possible.

Child support is an ongoing periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child following the dissolution of a marriage or other relationship. The amount of child support is decided by both parties. Child support is takes a number of factors into consideration, including:

  • The incomes of both parties
  • The custody agreement, or “parenting plan”
  • Child care costs
  • Medical insurance costs
  • Ongoing medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • The number of children
  • If the parties are paying/receiving spousal support

Child support payments take priority over spousal support. Child support may be required even if custody is awarded solely to one party.

Spousal support, also known as alimony, may be required if a spouse will face hardships without financial support. Spousal support helps the receiving party to maintain their lifestyle and/or pursue additional educational training that will allow them to support themselves in the future. If the marriage was of a short duration (less than 2-3 years), or if both spouses are employed and self-sufficient, then spousal support may not be considered. For more information, visit our Alimony page or contact our office.

If you have questions about child and spousal support in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, area and to make an appointment with Shelly Grossman, please call Family Arbitration and Mediation Center at 610-209-1858.

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