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Child support orders should be detailed

Parents who go through a divorce will likely have to address the matter of child support. In Pennsylvania, these payments go through a centralized system unless both parties agree to handle the matter privately. Some cases go through the Domestic Relations Office via an Application for Child Support.

Understand the terms in your child support order

One of the difficult aspects of divorce is settling any factors related to the children. In many cases, this means determining the parenting time schedule that will be followed. This can also impact the child support that is ordered in a case. Thus, financial support is often a hot topic in the divorce. We know that this is a complex issue to have to think about.

Travel costs are a factor with long-distance parenting plans

Long-distance parenting situations provide some challenges for both parents. It is imperative that you and your ex work together so that your children can have the love and support they need to thrive. One consideration to think about when you know that distance is going to be a factor in the situation is the expense of getting the child from one home to the other.

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.

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