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Pennsylvania Family Law
The custody cliché of the mother taking care of the kids while the father comes by on alternate weekends isn’t common anymore. Even if one party is considered the custodial parent, kids often spend plenty of time with the non-custodial parent as well. Pennsylvania child support calculator considers the number of days with each parent when calculating the monthly amount.
PA child support guideline assumes that when child is in the care of the non-custodial parent, that parent is covering the child’s meals and other expenses. So the more time a child spends with the parent paying child support, the lower the calculated support will be. This is why it is essential that parents count the days of support carefully so that a fair level of support can be calculated.
Custody days also affect the type of custody: sole or shared. PA child support guidelines consider custody to be sole custody if one parent has the children less than 40% of the time or 146 days per year. In this case the main determining factor in Pennsylvania child support calculation is the non-custodial parent’s income.
However if each parent has custody at least 146 days per year then Pennsylvania family law considers this to be a shared custody arrangement. The support formula considers both parents income as well as the actual number of days per year each parent has the children. Attorneys need to be sure to use a PA support calculator that considers both these scenarios.
Although many other states have similar laws, it is essential that attorneys use specialized Pennsylvania divorce law software to come up with a support amount that is fair to the kids, the parents and adheres to Pennsylvania state law.
Situations like these are why we offer state-specific divorce software such as EzSupport-PA, our PA support calculator. When you determine child support using our software you can be confident that the amount calculated is valid under current Pennsylvania law. Our other child support products include NY, NJ and AZ child support calculator. We hope to add other states to our divorce financial settlement lineup in the near future.
Child support isn’t about what’s fair to the divorcing couple, but rather what is needed by the children. Use state-specific legal software programs designed to accommodate local family law ordinances to calculate the proper support and maintenance amounts for your clients.
Child support laws are similar across the country, but each state has its own rules on calculations that can trip up family law attorneys who use generic software. Easy Soft produces state-specific applications, such as our Pennsylvania child support calculator, which address the unique requirements of each state.
We designed EzSupport-PA to follow Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Chapter 1910, which are the laws covering PA child support calculation. Special considerations and documentation requirements contained in those rules are automatically included in the preparation of child support forms.
Our Pennsylvania child support calculator figures the child support obligation automatically from data entered regarding each parent’s income, custodial obligation and other factors. If any information is updated, the child support calculator automatically adjusts the child support obligation if necessary. Easy Soft’s Pennsylvania family law software can handle situations with any level of monthly income and any number of children by using the guidelines laid out in Court Rules 1910.16-3 through 1910.16-4.
According to Pennsylvania child support guidelines, support can be adjusted for a host of other factors in order to come up with an amount that is fair to both parties and, most importantly, ensures the child receives needed care. As in most states there are adjustments for childcare or private school expenses but there are a few adjustments under Pennsylvania law that not all states include.
As an example, under PA child support calculation rules public assistance, Supplemental Security Income and foster care payments for other children are not counted as income in support calculations. However if the child is receiving Social Security benefits due to a parent’s death, disability or retirement, those payments must be included in the income of the custodial parent.
EzSupport-PA covers not only child support calculation but also documentation requirements. For instance, Pennsylvania requires Insurance Certification under Court Rule 1910.27(d). The certification form can be included under Attachments and then printed out as part of the package of PA child support forms.
State-by-state differences in child support rules may be small, but overlooking the details may not get your client the level support allowed under law. Use Easy Soft’s Pennsylvania family law software to ensure the case is settled fairly.
Incomes come, and incomes go. Jobs are lost. Fortunes are made and squandered.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but life fluctuations are the rule of the day. And a simple reality of your PA family law practice is the idea that any divorce settlement might be revisited—at any given time. Your client calls you, and if you’re not prepared, then you’re stuck playing the forensic lawyer role: digging up documents, numbers, and case information. A huge pain in the side—and a situation that’s ripe for mistakes.
Not with our PA divorce law software.
Easy Soft’s EzSupport-PA gives your client the capacity to update his or her financials every year.
First, you tell your clients exactly how to note fluctuations in income, bank accounts and stock holdings. They record bonuses, raises, and windfalls.
In doing so, you add tremendous value to your services by providing foresight and advice for planning ahead.
When it comes time to modify Pennsylvania alimony or child support -due to a change in circumstances, the legwork is easy. It’s right at your client’s fingertips.
The following are standard features for our EzSupport-PA software:
• Automated financial worksheets—and ability to customize forms,
• Accurate child support calculators,
• Unlimited technical support, educational webinars, training and upgrades, and
• Personalized customer service and support.
To learn more about our divorce software for attorneys, call Easy Soft at 800 905 7638.
Unlike software that segregates the calculations from the forms, Easy Soft’s EzSupport-PA isn’t just a powerful PA child support calculator. It also provides you an opportunity to automate Pennsylvania family law forms.
These include court documents and pleadings , such as motions, notices, and summons. They also include financial worksheets and supporting documentation, such as income and expense statements . And finally, they include correspondence.
One advantage of this, you only need to enter the case data one time. This is a trademark of all Easy Soft software, including our legal billing software , our trust accounting software , our national divorce software , our real estate closing software , and other valuable (and value-packed) programs.
Another advantage is that if the form you need isn’t there, you can create a new one. You can add virtually any type of form you need, and use case data to auto populate it.
Easy Soft has been around for 26 years. We’re stable, and we’re competent. We’ve been working with divorce attorneys like you for 26 years. We are well familiar with the challenges of your specific practice.
Our divorce law software is thorough, easy to use, and well-priced. In addition to EzSupport-PA , our portfolio consists of the Divorce Financials Software – applicable to all 50-states—and state-specific divorce and support solutions for New Jersey, New York, and Arizona. Add law office management software such as Easy TimeBill, Easy Trust, and the like, and we are your one-stop shop.
To learn more about our divorce software for attorneys, call Easy Soft at 800 905 7638.
If you’re a divorce attorney practicing family law in Pennsylvania , you know what all divorce lawyers do. Pennsylvania child support calculations are complicated. Even if you’re great at math, computations for base support amounts and then accounting for various adjustments such as custody or childcare—can give you a headache.
But if you plan things strategically, your client’s divorce settlement can result in higher disposable incomes not only for him or her—but for both parties . If this is a job you like to leave to your client’s CPA, don’t. Have your software perform the work—and deliver better service to your client.
Last December, Easy Soft launched EzSupport-PA , new Pennsylvania family law software. The software is designed for divorce lawyers —not CPAs or tax attorneys.
Coupled with our Divorce Financials Software, PA divorce lawyers get every tool they need for their family law practice.
• Allows you to compare multiple support scenarios side-by-side, and choose the best option.
• Records all case information from the outset—and uses it to populate financial statements, correspondence, court documents, etc.
• Adjusts your support calculation to account for shared parenting, multiple families, and other extenuating circumstances.
Once you’ve entered the case data, the software does the heavy lifting. The resulting worksheet details a variety of scenarios. For each scenario, it provides a statutorily precise bottom line: one number for spousal support, and another number for child support.
Easy—just like our name.
To learn more about our divorce software for attorneys, call Easy Soft at 800.905.7638.
When we created Pennsylvania family law software, we wanted to not only replicate the value proposition we provided in New Jersey—but also to increase it. So we looked for two things.
We looked for states whose child and spousal support formulas were—like NJ’s—complex.
We also looked for states in which the array of divorce law software presented only a partial solution—not the comprehensive solution that family lawyers (especially smaller firms) really need. One solution might provide for automated calculations—but not forms automation. Another solution might furnish forms—but no calculations. In the states with complex calculations, we knew there would be a need and an appreciation for the kind of software we envisioned for family lawyers.
For each case, from form to form, what information remains the same? The answer is income. County of residence. Children’s names and ages. Second home data, etc.
With our new PA divorce law software, all of this case data is captured at the outset. So it makes sense to use the captured data to generate a comprehensive suite of case-specific documents—documents whose format is case-specific, and court-approved.
In addition, Easy Soft’s EzSupport- PA includes technical support, training, educational support, and practice customizations that demonstrate we don’t believe in add-on fees. Please look for our next blog posts for details as to why.