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Child Support Archives

Review of the child support modification process


As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, a parent who is paying, or receiving child support does not have to just live the amount the court orders permanently. In fact, there are often good reasons to ask a court to change a child support amount, one of the more common reasons being a change in employment or a big promotion.

"Imputed income" in child support situations


This Pennsylvania blog's ongoing discussion of how income is calculated for child support purposes continues today. One special situation that frequently comes up in child support cases is when one parent believes that the other parent is not earning as much income as he or she reasonably could, as this may be an effort to avoid paying child support.

More on what counts as income for child support purposes


A previous post discussed how a parent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is subject to a child support order can expect to have just about any money they make counted as "income" for child support purposes, even if that income would not have to be reported on a person's tax returns.

What counts as income under child support formula?


In Pennsylvania, the amount of child support a person owes depends on how much income both parents make at the time the order is entered. Although in some cases this calculation is as simple as looking at each parent's recent paychecks, in other situations, what is or is not considered income for child support purposes can be the source of a lot of contention.

Legal help is key with child support in Philadelphia


When a Philadelphia couple is no longer involved in a relationship with one another but there are children involved, it is imperative that child support be dealt with in an upfront and evenhanded manner. This is true whether the parents were married and chose to divorce or the child resulted from an unmarried relationship. Regardless of the circumstances, the child's welfare is of paramount importance. When determining who will pay child support and how much, legal help is key. It is also vital with other child support issues that frequently arise.

Pennsylvania ranks high with child support enforcement


Pennsylvania was rated as a national leader in child support enforcement by collecting 84 percent of overdue child support in 2014. In that year, support enforcement officers collected over $1.2 billion. Over the last 14 years, the state collected over $17 billion.

Determining paternity


In Pennsylvania, a father without custody may stil have responsibilities to provide child support for medical expenses and everyday expenses and assist with other legal obligations. Paternity also gives the father certain legal rights.

The unequal single parent challenges


Seeking and obtaining child custody and assuring just and reasonable child support in Pennsylvania can raise many legal issues. But single fathers and mothers may also confront unique problems and inequities after divorce and during custody. Perceptions among the courts and other parents concerning single parenting may need to change because of progress in gender equality, single fathers seeking more custody rights and to assure the best interests of the children.