High Income Families Just Got Another Hurdle to Clear in Child Support Cases
When parents decide to go their separate ways, one of the most hostile elements of a divorce can be the care of their children in separate households.
The court decision stems from a Delaware County case Hanrahan v. Bakker in which a father paying child support earned $15.5 million in the year 2012 while the mom earned $105,000. The father, who would have been required to pay more than $60,000 a month in child support based on state guidelines, appealed the amount arguing that the child didn’t need $60,000 a month.
“There was no research to justify how much support a child would need after the parents’ combined income exceeds $30,000 a month,” said Mary Vidas, a matrimonial and family law partner at the Blank Rome law firm in Philadelphia.
"High Income Families Just Got Another Hurdle to Clear in Child Support Cases," by Tim Grant was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on August 6, 2018.