Raising a child today can be costly, depending on the circumstances of the parents supporting the child. This may be the center of the argument whenever divorce is involved in Philadelphia, as well as in the rest of the country. Whether the parents are married or not, they are responsible for child support no matter where they are living.
To determine the amount of child support that should be paid, the courts have a different child support formula, which varies from state to state. The amount of support should be enough to cover the everyday expenses of the child. The non-custodial parent is usually ordered by the courts to pay the support, which is handled by the custodial parent.
Recently, Jane Seymour and James Keach officially announced that their marriage is ending. The couple's marriage lasted 20 years and they have twins who are 17 years old. Seymour and Keach are still negotiating the terms of their divorce agreement, which may include child support as their children are still minors. The couple is trying to end their marriage amicably and continue their endeavors, while being supportive of their children at the same time.
Parents in Philadelphia need to understand that child support is necessary to ensure that the children have their needs fulfilled. The custodial parent may have a hard time paying the expenses alone if the other parent does not pay the child support. This, in turn, may result in the custodial parent seeking financial help from the government, which may cost the taxpayers money.
If the supportive parent does not fulfill his or her child support obligation, the custodial parent may wish to seek legal action. Parents who owe back child support may be subject to penalties and other fines. However, if the supporting parent is having difficulty coming up with the child support, that parent may ask for a modification of the child support amount, which the court will consider.
Source: Examiner.com, "Jane Seymour divorce:Y 20-year marriage over for actress," Effie Orfanides, April 14, 2013.