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Understanding your child support options

As Philadelphia parents know, life situations can change in an instant. A parent may hold a steady job, every week getting a reliable pay check, when all of a sudden that job vanishes or no longer pays the same rate. When this happens, parents may begin wondering what child support options are at their disposal. After all, it can become difficult to either continue meeting the required monthly payments or otherwise supporting the child on an income that has changed.

Our firm, Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC can help clients better understand just what their options are. Raising children can be challenging, and it can be even more so if the parents are not aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to child support. Our lawyers can help clarify these points and ensure that clients receive the child support they need or pay an amount that is appropriate given their financial situation.

Sometimes, parents desire to enter a new child support agreement. This requires the creation of a child support order. Other times, parents may need to change an existing child support order, either increasing or decreasing the amount of monthly payments. This requires a child support modification.

The creation of a child support order, or the modification of an existing one, can take some time. The date in which such an order is created is important, and oftentimes, people need to have child support payments started quickly. This is why it is important to have an attorney fighting for the parent's needs every step of the way. With the help of an attorney, it is often possible to obtain a child support outcome that is in line with the best interests of the parents and the child.

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