Recent amendments to Pennsylvania’s support guidelines are intended to encourage parties to direct that a child’s Social Security derivative benefit be paid to the obligee. Under amended Rule 1910.16-2, a party’s support obligation will be reduced by the amount of a child’s Social Security derivative benefit if that party’s retirement or disability created the benefit and the benefit is being paid to the household in which the child primarily resides, or the obligee in cases of equally shared custody. In most cases, payment of the benefit to the obligee’s household will increase the resources available to the child and the parties. Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s order of April 29, 2015, this amendment is effective July 1, 2015.
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