Does Income Matter in How Child Custody is Awarded?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jun 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

Disentangling from a partner in a divorce or breakup is stressful enough without worrying about the way your income could affect the amount of time a court awards you with your child. Your top priority is helping your child adjust to their new reality. While the courts usually do look at each parent's income as they apportion custody, the good news is that this is only one of many aspects the court weighs in determining child custody.

How Does Income Affect What is Best for My Child?

Your income can directly or indirectly impact other factors the court will consider. For example, your income may directly affect where you live after your divorce or separation. Is your arrangement stable? Is your new residence in a safe neighborhood? Does the new residence have sufficient space or the items (such as a crib or place to sleep) your child needs?

Your income may also affect the amount of time you'll be able to spend with your child after the divorce, and this can also play a role in the custody decision. For example, if you're going to become the primary provider for your family, you may have less time to spend with your children than you did in the past.

What Other Factors Impact My Custody Decision?

The court is committed to putting forth a custody agreement that is in your child's best interest, and many factors come into making that determination. What you're able to offer your child financially matters, but the amount of time you're able to spend with them, the emotional support you can provide, and your ability to create a healthy environment also weigh heavily.

Some of the additional factors Pennsylvania courts take into consideration when determining the best interest of the child include:

  • The parental duties and responsibilities performed by each parent prior to the divorce.
  • The need for stability and continuity in the child's education, family life, and community life.
  • The availability and involvement of the child's extended family.
  • The preference of the child, taking into consideration the child's age, maturity, and judgment.
  • The parents' abilities to meet the child's daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational, and special needs.
  • The nearness or distance of the two parents' homes.
  • The availability of each parent to care for the child or make appropriate childcare arrangements.

You Need the Help of an Experienced Legal Team

Custody is often messy. Understanding the role your income plays in your legally binding custody agreement requires the help of an experienced family attorney such the attorneys on our Family Law Team. The LLF Family Law Team has years of experience helping parents through the most sensitive issue of divorce, child custody. We understand how important it is for your child's needs to come first and want to make sure you spend as much time with your child as possible. Call our offices today at 888.535.3686 or reach out online to set up a consultation.

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Joseph Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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