Posts made in December 2018

PA Supreme Court – Major Changes for Pennsylvania Child Support, Spousal Support and APL – Effective January 1, 2019

On December 28, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, upon recommendation of the Domestic Relation Procedural Rules Committee, amended the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure under the Pennsylvania Constitution relating to multiple sections of Rule 1910 which deals with Actions for Support.

These amendments represent major changes for Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite (APL).

Changes are numerous, both large and small in nature and include:

  • the information which must be provided to the court regarding income and expenses;
  • the calculation of net incomes of the parties;
  • the calculation of child support; and
  • the calculation of spousal support and APL.

These changes will apply to all new cases and will be addressed in modifications to existing cases as well.

If you are considering filing a new support action in PA, you should know how these changes will affect you and how they are different from other cases you may have had in the past.

If you already are receiving or paying support, it may be time to revisit the issue: (1) to determine if circumstances exist which warrant filing for modification of your Order and: (2) to learn what effect the new law will have on your case.