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Custodial parents may be entitled to child support payments

For children living in non-married households, child support plays an important role - providing financial assistance for the everyday expenses of the children. Here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania child support is one of the issues that arises in divorce cases when children are involved. Such topics may also arise if there is a child born out of wedlock.

For single parents wondering if they are eligible for child support, it is important to know some factors to help them understand child support and determine if they are entitled to it. A parent may be entitled to receive child support if that parent is the custodial parent of the child, meaning that the parent has sole responsibility for the upbringing of the child. In divorce cases, one parent is designated as the custodial parent, while the other is the noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent is required to pay support given to the custodial parent who will then use the financial assistance for everyday expenses of the child.

In joint custody cases, both parents are called custodial parents. This does not necessarily mean that neither parent pays the support. Often, courts will consider the income of both parents to determine which one of them is required to pay the support. For example, if both parents agree to have joint custody of the children and one of the parents gave up his or her career during the course of marriage while the other became the breadwinner in the family, the latter is likely to be required to pay the support to the other parent.

A parent having issues with child support may check the state's child support guidelines for more information.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Are you eligible for child support?," accessed on Aug. 14, 2014

Source: Findlaw.com, "Are you eligible for child support?," accessed on Aug. 14, 2014

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