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Monday, October 10, 2005

Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines are Revised to Reflect Lower Costs of Raising Children

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court recently adopted new child support guidelines that decrease the support obligation for the majority of parents, especially those in the upper income levels. The effect will be significant for some parents, with decreases of as much as 30 percent.  The changes to the economic support calculations were based partly on a national study of the costs of raising children by David M. Betson, an economics professor at Notre Dame. The state also used Mr. Betson's research, developed for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and used by two-thirds of the states, for the previous review in 1999. When Mr. Betson updated his research four years ago, the cost of child-rearing expenses decreased …

by Mike Bucsko for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (last visited October 10, 2005 bgf)

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