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Legal help is key with child support in Philadelphia


When a Philadelphia couple is no longer involved in a relationship with one another but there are children involved, it is imperative that child support be dealt with in an upfront and evenhanded manner. This is true whether the parents were married and chose to divorce or the child resulted from an unmarried relationship. Regardless of the circumstances, the child's welfare is of paramount importance. When determining who will pay child support and how much, legal help is key. It is also vital with other child support issues that frequently arise.

Pennsylvania ranks high with child support enforcement


Pennsylvania was rated as a national leader in child support enforcement by collecting 84 percent of overdue child support in 2014. In that year, support enforcement officers collected over $1.2 billion. Over the last 14 years, the state collected over $17 billion.

Determining paternity


In Pennsylvania, a father without custody may still have responsibilities to provide child support for medical expenses and everyday expenses and assist with other legal obligations. Paternity also gives the father certain legal rights.

The unequal single parent challenges


Seeking and obtaining child custody and assuring just and reasonable child support in Pennsylvania can raise many legal issues. But single fathers and mothers may also confront unique problems and inequities after divorce and during custody. Perceptions among the courts and other parents concerning single parenting may need to change because of progress in gender equality, single fathers seeking more custody rights and to assure the best interests of the children.

How do I seek a child support modification after my divorce?

Life is full of changes and this is also true following a divorce. After a divorce, former spouses will have a divorce settlement and child custody order and child support order. Divorced couples in Pennsylvania may wonder, however, what happens if something changes. In general, post-divorce modifications can be requested based on certain circumstances following a divorce. In the case of child support, a child support modification may be granted in certain situations and circumstances.

Can a parent modify a child support order after a job change?


Reaching fair and agreeable terms during dissolution often takes times, and some divorcing couples in Philadelphia might have to overcome many challenges and resolve several dispute to come to a divorce settlement. While some of these decisions will remain and will go unchanged after the divorce decree is signed, when children are involved, terms involving the children might require adjustments as they age. A child support order may no longer provide the financial needs of the child or a parent may find it difficult making the required payments. Such situations could mean modification.

Understanding your child support options


As Philadelphia parents know, life situations can change in an instant. A parent may hold a steady job, every week getting a reliable pay check, when all of a sudden that job vanishes or no longer pays the same rate. When this happens, parents may begin wondering what child support options are at their disposal. After all, it can become difficult to either continue meeting the required monthly payments or otherwise supporting the child on an income that has changed.

Criteria for seeking child support modification in Pennsylvania


When a couple in Pennsylvania shares a child, there is often an agreement or court order that details a support agreement so the child is adequately cared for and all the needs are provided. This can be linked to a child support formula. In some instances, the circumstances regarding the agreement change and either the custodial parent or the supporting parent will seek to have a child support modification. There are certain factors that must be considered when a parent is seeking modifications.

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