Raising a child is an endeavor mostly shared by parents. In Pennsylvania, there are a lot of issues that could result from one parent's request for child support. Some parents may have recently divorced and the custodial parent may have a hard time providing for all the needs of their children. There are also cases of unmarried couples where one parent seeks child support payments from the other. The father may request a paternity test in this case.
The amount of support is calculated based on the supporting party's income, cost of living and other everyday expenses of the child. The support can also be modified. The amount of support may increase if the custodial parent claims that the support is not enough due to the growing needs of the child. On the other hand, the amount of support paid by the supporting party may decrease due to unintentional unemployment or health issues. The payments can be done on a weekly or monthly basis. Child support can also be paid in a lump-sum.
Although child support is for the everyday expenses of a child, some parents still disregard its importance. Authorities are very strict with child support payments. Deadbeat parents may face serious penalties if caught by authorities. Recently, the "most wanted deadbeat parent" was caught. The 50-year-old parent was apprehended in Los Angeles airport after being deported from the Philippines. The parent was accused of owing more than $1 million in back child support for three children from two marriages.
According to the prosecutors, the deadbeat parent apparently lived in Thailand. From Thailand, the parent moved to the Philippines where the authorities took him into custody. Charges are pending and arraignment will take place in January 2013.
Delayed payments of child support deprive the children of their needs. Parents need to show their love and support when they are not with them by paying child support on time.
Source: AZcentral.com, "Feds arrest 'most wanted deadbeat parent'," Dec. 19, 2012