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Understanding child support options and how family law helps


There are a number of important concerns parents paying and receiving child support may have. Parents who are receiving child support may wonder how they enforce child support obligations and parents who are paying child support may wonder if they have options if they are experiencing difficulty paying required child support and what those options might be.

How parents' income is determined for child support


Pennsylvania parents know that making decisions for a child is not always easy. Sometimes, parents do not always agree on how to best care for a child. This is especially true when it comes to divorce. Parents going through a divorce often have to settle difficult matters such as child custody and child support. In many cases, one parent is awarded physical custody of the child and the other parent is ordered to pay child support. Then, the amount owed in monthly payments must be determined.

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.

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