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Child support risks when domestic violence comes into play

If you are raising a child in Pennsylvania, you may have a right to child support, and it's important not only to know about this right, but to know what you must do to make sure you are paid properly. However, in situations in which domestic violence is an issue, certain parts of the process can be rather risky. Take a look at the following to see how these risks may arise.

Talking about child support: It's easier than you think!

Dividing parenting time during and after a divorce can be difficult enough, but how do you decide how to split your financial duties? Identifying appropriate child support amounts can be a challenging undertaking, especially when income levels are disparate between parents. You may want to send your children to an expensive class or camp, for example, but your co-parent may not entirely agree with the decision. How do you decide how to split everyday expenses and special costs through your child support agreement? Here are some basic tips for negotiating this very important document.

Do our current child support guidelines lead to fair results?

Two professors from Arizona State University recently released a study of people's sense of fairness about child support determinations in the U.S. and England. The professors, who teach law and psychology, were interested in understanding the public's views on child support, custody and alimony as currently determined, and whether the legal rules ought to be changed.

Parents who cannot pay child support need help, states NCSL

As a matter of policy, the National Conference of State Legislatures notes that it is in a child's best interest to stay connected with both parents, even when these parents are divorced or separated. When parents are unable to make their child support payments, it can cause a rift in their relationships with their children. Because of this, the organization recommends the implementation of assistance programs to help low-income parents rectify their delinquent child support payments.

Do you absolutely have to follow the child support guidelines?

If you live in Pennsylvania and have kids, you may have wondered how much your child support might be if you split up. You may know that Pennsylvania has a formulaic system for determining child support obligations called the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines.

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