You got divorced several years ago. You were ordered to pay child support, as your ex got custody and you earned more money. You owned your own business.
The Obama administration recently put into effect a new federal regulation that will allow parents who are in prison to decrease their child support payments while incarcerated.
Child support is the noncustodial parent's responsibility and when it's paid on time, both the custodial parent and the child will be able to depend on it to pay for expenses related to the child. What happens, though, when the noncustodial parent is laid off or has become injured or ill and unable to work?
Each state has its own guidelines that establish how much child support a noncustodial parent has to pay. The courts are required to consider a number of factors, too, such as how much each parent makes, whether there are special needs for the child, how much is needed to maintain the child's current standard of living, and more.
All of us Pennsylvania residents know that times are tough financially. For split families, money concerns are often even more problematic. To say that it is difficult to support yourself and your children as a non-custodial parent is an understatement. Many parents struggle to meet their child support obligations and fail. However, it is unwise to ignore your situation. Consistently being late with your payments or failing to make a payment altogether can start a chain of events that will only worsen your situation.
There are many Pennsylvania parents who have custody of their children, but do not know where the non-custodial parent is. This can be problematic from the standpoint of obtaining child support money owed by non-custodial parents to the custodial parents of their children -- according to Pennsylvania child support laws. However, there is a valuable government service called the Parent Locator System, which can help parents locate non-custodial parents who may owe them and their children money.
Pennsylvania children have the right to receive financial support from both their mothers and their fathers. Depending on the nature of the child custody arrangements, if a parent has primary custody of the children, the parent will not be required to pay money to the other parent to support the children because he or she will already be spending a great deal on their support. However, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay the other parent money for the children's support.
Child support in Pennsylvania is generally paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. Our state's child support laws support the notion that both parents should provide financial support to a child, and these laws are aggressively enforced. As such, if a parent falls behind on paying his or her legally obligated amount of child support, the other parent can take legal action in court to ensure that the support is paid.
Is it only the biological parents of children who can be held accountable for child support? In most cases, the answer is yes, and you'd need to make sure your attorney was looking to seek that compensation from the right person. In this unusual case out of Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court has ruled that a stepfather can actually be held liable for child support.
Did you know that fatherhood is not automatically established in the state of Pennsylvania when a child is born? Unlike maternity, which is obviously easy to establish, paternity rights are not instantly bestowed upon the father upon the birth of the child. This is an important legal principal to keep in mind when it comes to child support, child custody and other family law issues.