To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Pennsylvania.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.
These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
In Pennsylvania, child support cases are handled by the Bureau of Child Support Enhancement (BCSE) – a division of the Department of Public Welfare. Many services are offered to those families who qualify, including:
Locating the non-custodial parent
If you need to locate the parent responsible for support before you can begin the process of establishing a child support order, then the BCSE may be able to help. By relying on numerous resources (like IRS data, credit bureau information, new hire reporting directories, etc.), BCSE may be able to locate the non-custodial parent.
BCSE helps mothers who need to establish legal paternity for their children in order to receive financial support.
Establishing a court order
BCSE can walk you through the process of pursuing a child support order. This includes obtaining information from both parents and investigating to determine how much each parent is able to pay.
Helping with other matters related to child support
In addition, BCSE can help custodial and non-custodial parents review and modify child support orders, collecting and disbursing child support payments, and cooperating in interstate enforcement of your support order.