Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC
Free Initial Consultation215-392-0863
COVID-19 UPDATE: Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC, IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. We can meet with you in-office OR virtually via Phone/Zoom/FaceTime.
  1. Home
  2. Blog

Child Support Archives

Child support trial involving Halle Berry begins

A divorce is often traumatic for children. The parents may be anxious to live separately but the children often feel differently. Therefore, with the best interest of the child in mind, U.S. courts, including those in Pennsylvania, typically award child custody to one parent and order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. That applies to celebrities as well.

Raising children alone can be expensive

Divorce can hit children hard. If the marriage was particularly difficult, the parents look forward to a better life ahead. However, the children are often gripped by a strong sense of insecurity. They may be unsure about which parent they will live with and which parent will financially support them. Hence, in the best interest of the child, Pennsylvania courts generally order one parent to take custody of the child and the other parent to pay child support.

Federal penalties for skipping child support payments

A divorce in Pennsylvania can be difficult, especially if children are involved. While spouses are eager to move on in life, it is often the children who suffer the most in a divorce. When the court considers the best interest of the child, the judge will usually order one parent to take custody of the child and the other parent to pay child support.

Child support and good cause in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents might agree that divorce can become extremely complicated when children are involved. What spouses very often forget is that although they might have fallen out of love, their children often still wish that they could live together. Therefore, in the best interest of the child, the court orders one parent to have custody of the child and the other parent to pay child support, and, in most cases, that supporting parent will have visitation rights.

Guiding Pennsylvania parents through child support modification

Financial support given by a Pennsylvania parent who lives apart from the child plays a significant role in the life of that child. In many cases, the child support provided by a non-custodial parent becomes the primary source of support for the child. Child support can buy the basic necessities for a child and pays for school fees and extracurricular expenses.

What factors most affect child support modification requests?

As most Pennsylvania parents can attest, raising a child is a challenging but rewarding task. Most parents understand that they are responsible for financially supporting their children. If a couple separates or ends their marriage, the issue of who will pay for the children's everyday expenses inevitably arises. To ensure that a couple's children will have those expenses met after their parents split, child support issues should be discussed thoroughly to determine who will pay support and who will have custody.

Factors that affect Pennsylvania's child support formula

Whenever a court requires a noncustodial parent to pay his or her ex-spouse to meet their child's needs, it is not making an arbitrary or capricious decision, no matter what the supporting parent believes. Courts throughout the country, including in Pennsylvania, follow formulas that determine how much child support is needed and how much the parent can afford. By understanding the formula, parents can determine for themselves a fair and just amount that will meet their children's everyday expenses.

How is child support enforced in Pennsylvania?

State and federal laws require parents to financially support their children. In the event of a divorce or separation, or in cases where the child is being raised by a guardian, child support issues can become an important topic. Without financial support, the parent or guardian who raises the child may need the government’s assistance. Because this costs the taxpayers’ money, the government has created child support enforcement measures to ensure that the supporting parent will contribute to his or her child(ren)'s care accordingly.

If you are raising a child alone, you will need child support

All parents can certainly relate to the fact that raising a child is financially challenging. In the absence of one parent, the ordeal becomes more difficult for the custodial parent. Fortunately, the concept of child support was created to ensure that both parents provide financial support to the child. Here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, local readers may be familiar with child support issues that often arise in divorces and in cases in which parents are unmarried. If you are a parent raising a child alone without financial assistance from the other parent, it is time to make that parent provide support.

Custodial parents may be entitled to child support payments

For children living in non-married households, child support plays an important role - providing financial assistance for the everyday expenses of the children. Here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania child support is one of the issues that arises in divorce cases when children are involved. Such topics may also arise if there is a child born out of wedlock.

Email Us For A Response

Start Your Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Philadelphia Office
1500 JFK Blvd, Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Toll Free: 866-201-1112
Phone: 215-392-0863
Philadelphia Law Office Map

Montgomery County Office
325 Swede Street
Suite 201
Norristown, PA 19401

Toll Free: 866-201-1112
Phone: 610-239-1000
Norristown Law Office Map

Radnor Office
150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-200
Radnor, PA 19087

Toll Free: 866-201-1112
Phone: 215-392-0863
Radnor Law Office Map