I am a proud father of a one year old boy who was born in Florida on November 2006. My wife is from Pennsylvania and we were married on June 2006 in Florida. My wife left to go home to PA with my son in April 2007 for a vacation and to recharge her batteries since we were having minor typical marriage issues, however no violence, drugs or money issues just adjusting to marriage, motherhood, change of State, leaving a career etc. Well my wife never came back to Florida and I am devastated and have now had to adjust to being a single Dad and visit my son monthly in PA. My wife has also filed for divorce in PA. Even though we are amicable and providing my rights to joint custody are protected do I have anything to worry about since PA will be were everything is filed? Are there any negatives I should be aware of PA verses FL? My wife has connections with the courts in PA, mother works there; this worries me; however isn't the law the law? And finally my wife is a Doctor I understand the child support is calculated based on both salaries, my wife is yet to inform me on how much she earns, but advises me how much I should send which is $800 per month. Thank you for your help with this matter.
I am not licensed in Pennsylvania. Although there are similar themes in the law from state to state, all laws are not the same. The way that child support is calculated is different in every state. The age at which child support ends will be different too. The visitation guidelines will vary from state. Some states will order you to share college expenses others will not. The time it takes to finalize a divorce vary too. Is there a temporary order of support or has your wife just dictated an amount. It is not a bad idea to give money for support but track the amount. If it is not a court order get one. If you do not want to do this, go online and use one of the child support calculators for Pennsylvania on dadsdivorce.com. This will give you a better idea of how much support you should pay. Also you are entitled to know her income. I strongly recommend you hire an attorney in Pennsylvania.