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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.

How many fathers don't pay child support that they could afford?

One excuse that people sometimes give for failing to pay child support is that they simply can't afford it. Life is expensive. They have to pay rent and utilities. They have to buy food. They just don't earn enough to make ends meet and still send that child support check off to an ex every month.

Review of the child support modification process


As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, a parent who is paying, or receiving child support does not have to just live the amount the court orders permanently. In fact, there are often good reasons to ask a court to change a child support amount, one of the more common reasons being a change in employment or a big promotion.

"Imputed income" in child support situations


This Pennsylvania blog's ongoing discussion of how income is calculated for child support purposes continues today. One special situation that frequently comes up in child support cases is when one parent believes that the other parent is not earning as much income as he or she reasonably could, as this may be an effort to avoid paying child support.

More on what counts as income for child support purposes


A previous post discussed how a parent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is subject to a child support order can expect to have just about any money they make counted as "income" for child support purposes, even if that income would not have to be reported on a person's tax returns.

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