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When medical issues call for a child support modification

As much as you hope that your child will never suffer from a serious medical issue, it happens. When it does, financially supporting that child's needs along with the needs of any other children you have may seem an impossible task. Thankfully, in Pennsylvania a child support order can be modified when circumstances change. A child suffering a medical issue generally meets the necessary qualifications.

Lottery winnings could soon be taken to pay child support arrears

A bill was recently passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would allow the state to take lottery winnings from those who owe certain debts. According to a recent report, this applies to those parents who are behind on making their child support payments. While there are other enforcement options already in place, this will -- if passed -- just add to the options available for custodial parents to collect the money owed them.

How to collect child support from a parent living out of state

Relocation for employment or other personal needs is a part of life for a lot of people. While that may be so, when a noncustodial parent moves out of state, it can make collecting child support a bit of a challenge. However, enforcement options are available to assist custodial parents in Pennsylvania in obtaining the ordered support.

Do not let a child support dispute land you in jail

Support paying parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere sometimes fail to meet their financial obligations. It happens regardless of economic ability to pay. When child support goes unpaid, it can become a criminal matter. Before it gets that far, there are steps that can be taken to address the child support issue and avoid jail time.

Seek help if you are dealing with a child support dispute

Money matters can create some of the biggest issues before and after a divorce is finalized. This is particularly true with child support. It is not uncommon for parents, whether they reside in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, to get into arguments about support payments. If you are in such a situation, an experienced family law attorney may be able to help you resolve the problem as swiftly and smoothly as possible.

Dad jailed for failure to pay child support

A man in another state is facing criminal charges for failing to provide court ordered financial support for his children. Not meeting one's child support obligation is something that most states, including Pennsylvania, take very seriously. However, there is no need to end up in jail because of this.

Changes in child support and other family law trends

Some lawyers used to feel they could predict the outcome of a couple's divorce within a short time after meeting them. This is becoming less common as co-parenting laws change and couples in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are turning to more cooperative post-divorce attitude. With these changes, issues like child support and alimony may soon be things of the past.

Withholding child support for more visitation is a poor decision

Following the divorce, you may be adjusting to a lot of changes. You may not get to see your children as often as you would like. If your ex-spouse was granted custody, you are probably paying child support payments mandated by a Pennsylvania court. However, because your ex-spouse has been uncooperative about your scheduled time with your children, you may be considering holding off on your regular support payments.

When child support is ordered, use options to make it work

If a divorced parent in Pennsylvania does not have sole custody of the children, chances are his or her settlement came with an order for monthly support payments. No matter how indignant or frustrated one may feel about a child support order, there is usually little that can be done about it. The best advice may be to find a way to make the payments as painless as possible.

Child support may not include extracurricular activities

When a child discovers an interest or talent, it can be a remarkable thing. Seeing a child develop as an artist or musician is gratifying for many parents in Pennsylvania, and most would do whatever they can to encourage and develop that talent. However, one divorced couple must now follow a judge's child support order to fulfill their daughter's dream.

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