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Tag Archives: pennsylvania child support calculator
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.
As you peruse our catalog you might notice we offer five different family law software applications: one on divorce financial settlement that covers all 50 states, and four state-specific titles designed to calculate alimony and child support inNew York,New Jersey,Pennsylvania and Arizona. Is it necessary to have so many products? We think so.
At its core, divorce law is pretty similar from state to state. There are basic rules about property division, spousal maintenance and child support that are common in all areas. This is why family law attorneys across the country can benefit from our Divorce Financials Software no matter where they are located.
However there are unique situations and laws in each state, and every state government has its own bureaucratic maze of forms to fill out. That is why we wanted to offer more specialized software to attorneys in specific states.
So attorneys who need NY family law software to help them complete forms like the New York statement of net worth have a dedicated software solution. They don’t have to try to create a customized form in Microsoft Word or try to convert some other state’s form to satisfyNew York state law.
On the other hand, an attorney in Pennsylvania needs a Pennsylvania child support calculator that takes into account PA Guidelines 1910.16-1 through 1910.16-7 and other divorce and support regulations in that state. A firm in New Jersey wants software that helps them complete the NJ CIS (Case Information Statement) form, and an Arizona practice needs an Arizona child support calculator that takes into account the June 1, 2011 increase in the self-support reserve for parents in that state.
Do we have 50 versions of our software, one for each state? No not yet, but we are working on it. We want to be sure every new version of our specialized spousal and child support calculators account for all the laws in that state and can be updated promptly when legislators change the rules.
Tell us if you are interested in divorce financial settlement software custom tailored to your state’s regulations and we will let our law practice management software developers know
You have divorce clients in New Jersey and New York.
We have the three software products that will make your life easier.
When you work on a NJ divorce, you need our Case Information Statement and Family Law Software. Our program includes a 20-page Case Information Sheet for your client to complete, which you can import into the program. The same data populates all forms, so that you are print-and-go ready. All forms can be customized, and can be e-mailed to clients as .pdf or Word documents.
Our Child Support for NY includes forms you will need for New York divorce cases, like the Statement of Net Worth. Use it for a New York state uncontested divorce or a highly disputed child support for NY clients. New York utilizes child support and alimony formulas that are different from New Jersey. Using two, specialized programs will help you to keep the math straight.
For both NJ and NY divorces, add ‘Divorce Financials’ to your trio of programs, and you’ll gain powerful tools to achieve your client’s divorce settlement goals for support and equitable distribution. Our software allows you to generate divorce settlement worksheets to analyze potential outcomes before they happen, so that you can frame your arguments and negotiations to your client’s advantage.
When you put these tools together, you can work for clients in NJ and NY and feel confident that you are meeting the different requirements of each state. Some elements will be the same, such as federal income tax rules around the taxability of alimony, conditions for termination of alimony, and rules on recapture. But each state then has its own tax tables, its own child support formula, and, now New York even has an alimony formula.
With divorce financial software as your lynchpin, you can prepare tax-optimized settlements, relative to support and relative to assets and liabilities. You can even compute pension valuations and alimony buy-outs. And, if you’re looking at yet another self-employment case where the income tax returns don’t seem to line up to that Bentley Azure T in the garage, you can even use our divorce settlement software to prepare a lifestyle analysis.
Easy Soft is a software provider with more than 15,000 clients and 20-years of experience. Our products are focused exclusively on what lawyers need to get the job done.
How could you cross the border without us?
You ask us the same questions your clients ask you: how can I save money?
If you’re practicing in New Jersey, our answer to you is the same answer you can give your clients: you and your client can save time and money by using Easy Soft’s Case Information Statement and family law software.
Clients can’t do legal work – that’s why they’re hiring you, as a licensed professional, to advise and represent them. But, what clients can do is tell you their story in a way that reduces the amount of time you spend collecting basic case information.
When you use Easy Soft’s Case Information Statement and family law software, you can e-mail your client the Case Information Statement as a .pdf or in Word document. All of our software products are designed with the electronic communications used by modern law offices. Clients are as busy as you are, and with our software you can quickly leverage technology to put the Case Information Statement into client hands to get them started on their data-gathering tasks.
With our Case Information Statement and family law software, completing the lengthy Case Information Statement with your client’s help is easy. And, as soon as you get that information e-mailed back from your client, it can be electronically imported to a centralized data entry screen that populates all of the divorce forms. Your clients will see immediate results and will appreciate the savings over spending two or three billable hours in conference with you.
Lest you fear that our Case Information Statement and family law software means your billing will go down, remember everything else for which you are responsible in the case. You still have to calculate child support, figure out alimony, catalogue assets and liabilities and quantify a reasonable distribution. All that, and we haven’t even listed custody.
Another reason to engage your client in the fact-gathering required for the Case Information Statement is to increase the level of detail you obtain. It is one thing to ask clients questions in your office, but quite another to give them homework with blanks and spaces to be completed. When a client is actively engaged in work that gets utilized by our Case Information Statement and family law software, you gain efficiency, a client who is happier with your billing, and a more thorough output in your Case Information Statement.
Single license for NJ-CIS software? $299. Technical support for one year? Free. The look on your face when your client gets you the information you need to complete the Case Information Statement? Priceless.
Think divorce has to be as tense for lawyers as it is for clients?
Let Easy Soft help you rethink your answer.
When you use Easy Soft’s Divorce Financials software, you gain the tools you need to make your winning argument for your client present itself as a logical, win-win resolution.
How can a divorce settlement proposal look like anything other than a bunny rabbit with one ear?
When a divorce settlement presentation is made that looks as professional as you present yourself to the court, your written papers take on an air of increased credibility. When you’ve worked hard with your client to put together the biographical, budget, income, and asset and liability data, let our software help you present divorce settlement proposals in well laid-out presentation format.
Easy Soft divorce financial software contains numerous pre-loaded reports that are created with the click of a mouse to reflect the information you input. Reports already in our divorce software include alimony comparisons, child support calculations, asset and liability distribution, pension valuation, and lifestyle analysis.
As one example, when lawyers write up divorce settlement proposals that involve alimony, they tends to show just one figure, less than the best figure, more than the minimum client-authorized figure. While the lawyer’s own analysis might have included a range of figures for divorce settlement, that’s not how it is presented to the opposing counsel.
Consider the option Easy Soft gives you when you use our divorce settlement software, which is to use our pre-loaded reports to show the range of alimony possibilities. The upper range figure might be the one you’ll request a trial and for which you believe you have a factual basis. The lower range figure might still be above your client-authorized minimum. And in between could be up to three, additional figures. This 5-column alimony comparison chart could be presented to the opposing counsel as a menu of options for divorce settlement. In other words, no alimony is not an option – these five figures are your range of settlement options.
With Easy Soft Divorce Financials, you can also show the opposing party how each of these alimony figures would be reduced by income tax deductibility (payor) or income taxability (payee). Our divorce financial software even includes tax-optimized reports to reflect the projected income tax impacts of the parties to the case, based upon expected earnings and federal and state tax tables.
While divorce is an adversarial process by definition, our Easy Soft divorce settlement product comes complete with the opportunity to relieve the stress commonly associated with negotiations.
Easy Soft. Our name says it all, even when it’s used in a divorce settlement.