Parents who divorce are required to continue to financially support their children. Generally, whichever parent does not have custody of the children will pay child support to the parent who does - the custodial parent. However, Pennsylvania residents should be aware that child support is not limited to the context of divorce. In fact, even children born as a result of a sexual assault are entitled to be supported.
Children often feel responsible for their parents' divorce and may live with the feeling of guilt for being responsible for the divorce. Often, the parents don't discuss their divorce with the children, assuming that they will figure out the reason for the divorce on their own.
A police officer allegedly murdered an aspiring sheriff's deputy and left their baby to die in a hot car to avoid paying child support. The officer's double murder trial began recently in Prince George County, and the officer faces two counts of first degree murder for allegedly killing his 20-year-old girlfriend and their 1-year-old daughter in 2011. The mother and the child went missing a day before the cop was scheduled for a child-support hearing in a paternity suit involving their 1-year-old daughter.
Raising a child is an endeavor mostly shared by parents. In Pennsylvania, there are a lot of issues that could result from one parent's request for child support. Some parents may have recently divorced and the custodial parent may have a hard time providing for all the needs of their children. There are also cases of unmarried couples where one parent seeks child support payments from the other. The father may request a paternity test in this case.
Residents of Pennsylvania may know some people who have married citizens of other countries, especially those who have served overseas in the military. If these people become involved in divorce proceedings, child custody issues may implicate an international treaty. This treaty protects children from being taken wrongfully to other countries. Presently, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering one such child custody dispute, where the parents are of different nationalities. This case may not only affect the parties involved, but may also affect any similar cases in the future.
The proper upbringing of their children is the primary concern for all parents, but child rearing is all the more challenging for divorced parents. Looking after a child single-handedly can be both physically and financially taxing. Child support from both parents ensures a secure future for the children.