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What to do when you are struggling to pay child support

Child support orders are created with the intention of being fair to all parties involved. Therefore, there is a conscious effort made to ensure that the person who is paying for the child support is able to afford the payments. The child support order in Pennsylvania is always assessed based upon the needs of the child and on the income of the parent who intends to pay.

When circumstances regarding income change, for example, if you as the child support payee becomes unemployed, you may struggle to meet the payments that you owe. If you find yourself in this situation, it is very important that you take action as soon as possible to request a child support modification.

What is a child support modification?

When circumstances change in regard to your finances, it means that you can request a modification through a reassessment of what you can afford based on your new income. This can be achieved by contacting the Child Support Enforcement Office in Pennsylvania and asking for a change of circumstances modification.

What are the consequences of not paying child support?

It is very important that you take action as soon as your realize that you cannot afford child support. This is because not paying child support could result in wage garnishment, not being able to renew your drivers' license or even jail time.

If you have recently become unemployed or are struggling to pay child support in the state of Pennsylvania, it is important that you do not bury your head in the sand and take action so that your payment order can be modified.

Source: FindLaw, "When You Can't Afford Child Support Payments," accessed May 18, 2018

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