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High Income Families Just Got Another Hurdle to Clear in Child Support Cases

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

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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. 

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"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.