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How is child support enforced in Pennsylvania?

State and federal laws require parents to financially support their children. In the event of a divorce or separation, or in cases where the child is being raised by a guardian, child support issues can become an important topic. Without financial support, the parent or guardian who raises the child may need the government’s assistance. Because this costs the taxpayers’ money, the government has created child support enforcement measures to ensure that the supporting parent will contribute to his or her child(ren)'s care accordingly.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the state can collect regular and back child support payments, also known as arrears, through unemployment benefit withholding, workers’ compensation and paycheck withholding. Failure to pay child support can result in the suspension of the noncustodial parent’s license(s), including driver’s licenses and any professional licenses, or an inability to renew such licenses. The government can also intercept federal tax refunds and lottery winnings. The noncustodial parent’s passport can also be denied if that person fails to pay child support. Property liens and incarceration for at least six months, as well as fines, can also be imposed for delinquent child support payments.

Noncustodial parents should pay their support on time in order to avoid these consequences. Laws governing child support do not add interest to delayed child support payments, allowing noncustodial parents to settle their debts once they have accumulated enough money. Custodial parents, on the other hand, who are having trouble receiving child support, may seek legal action or have their cases reviewed by a knowledgeable legal professional.

Child support is an issue for both parents. Parents should deal with the case seriously since their children are the ones who will benefit from it. For guidance and legal advice, parents may read more about the different child support laws in Pennsylvania. They may also get the facts from family law attorneys who are adept in handling these issues.

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