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.
As can be expected, child support matters are a source of a lot of litigation. Some of the most common issues that arise are:
— A parent who is not receiving his or her child support payments owed
— A parent who feels that his or her child support payments are too small or too big, considering both parents’ economic circumstances
— A parent who deserves child support but hasn’t been able to win a support order.
In Pennsylvania, the amount of child support that a parent must pay is not negotiable like alimony payments are. Indeed, the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines are used by courts to pinpoint how much a parent owes each month. That said, both parents’ financial situations must be examined closely in order to use these guidelines and the results of those examinations are sometimes subject to debate. Herein lies the reason why child support disputes can be so difficult to resolve, and why parents may wish to have a highly experience child support attorney on their side to ensure that their and their child’s rights are protected.
At Wolf Baldwin & Associates, PC, we have experienced child support attorneys on staff. They are available to listen to the facts of your case and educate you on the best next steps to take in your case.