Child support payments are ordered by the court, and this means that they must be paid by law. Although the law is strict when it comes to child support payments, studies show that less than 50 percent of children receive regular payments.
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.
Paying child support is a great way for a non-custodial parent to help with raising a child. Kids cost a lot, and child support helps cover a portion of that cost.
It's common to feel a bit lost when working out your divorce agreement and considering child support. How much do people normally pay? What will the judge order you to pay? Is it fair? Is it enough? Is it too much?
Your ex is supposed to pay child support. You haven't seen those checks in months. Things are getting tight financially and you need help.
The stereotype says that mothers will be awarded child support and fathers will have to pay. That is true in the majority of cases, but the reality is that many mothers are also ordered to pay support to fathers.
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.
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.
In Pennsylvania, the amount of child support a person owes depends on how much income both parents make at the time the order is entered. Although in some cases this calculation is as simple as looking at each parent's recent paychecks, in other situations, what is or is not considered income for child support purposes can be the source of a lot of contention.