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Considerations for child support payments

Child support payments are made by one parent to the other to help cover the expenses of raising the kids. Since they are paid to the parent and not the child, it is easy for the paying person to forget that they are for the children. There are some things that both of them must remember about this financial matter.

If you can't pay child support, are you a 'deadbeat dad?'

The term "deadbeat dad" gets thrown around a lot when people do not pay child support, but it is somewhat stereotypical. It is possible, of course, for both mothers and fathers to fail in their obligations to pay child support. The term is generally applied to men because they have historically been ordered to pay support more often than women, but that is not always the case in the modern world, where women work more often than they did in previous generations.

Child support and medical expenses in Pennsylvania

If you have a child who is experiencing significant health issues, it is likely that a lot of your income goes toward paying medical costs, especially if you are uninsured. Children that have specific medical needs obviously need additional financial support, and this should be reflected adequately in child support orders.

When can I request an increase in child support?

When the other parent of your child pays you child support, the amount that he or she pays is based on his or her income at the time of the initial calculation. While it was correct at the time, this does not mean that it will stay sufficient and correct forever.

How to enforce unpaid child support

As a primary custodian, successfully gaining a child support order may be a great relief, since it can be very difficult to raise a child as a single parent, especially from a financial perspective. However, when the other parent stops paying the child support with no warning, it can mean that you as the primary custodian can suffer considerably, and you may be unsure of what you can do in order to enforce the child support order.

How uninsured medical expenses affect child support

Child support is usually ordered for the everyday needs of the child, whether it's food and clothing, support towards housing costs, or extracurricular activities. However sometimes unexpected circumstances arise in a child's life that cause them to require medical treatment.

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.

Unpaid child support in Pennsylvania

When a child support order is made by the courts in any state, it becomes a legal obligation. This means that the parent who has been ordered to pay child support must make sure that he or she makes child support payments his or her first priority after getting paid.

What can be bought with child support?

Child support is often believed to only be to provide the most basic needs of children. But child support orders are about more than just making sure that a child is fed and clothed. It is with the purpose of ensuring that a child has the best life possible based upon the incomes of both parents.

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