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The Pennsylvania Support Guidelines were promulgated to ensure that “persons similarly situated shall be treated similarly” with regard to child support, spousal support and alimony pendente lite. While the support guidelines, therefore, look at individuals and families with a broad view to determine if they are “similar,” as no two families are alike, there are several financial and familial scenarios that reveal certain perhaps unintended outcomes in applying the support rules, including where one parent has all or nearly all of the children’s custody time, when there is no mortgage on the marital residence and when the recipient of alimony is forced to use his or her alimony to pay for the children’s expenses. These circumstances create unique issues for litigants and the courts, which could be addressed with minor adjustments to the guidelines so that more families can be treated “similarly.”

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