Parenting is a life-long job. It is a job that comes with little training and many expenses instead of income. Because of relationship failure and the divorce rate, there are parents who maintain primary legal and physical custody of any shared children. Without the other parent’s daily assistance, it may make any parenting job a little more difficult. Because family law courts in Pennsylvania do recognize that it is difficult for one parent to bear the majority of the burden for the care and financing of children, one parent may be ordered to contribute child support monthly.
Although many parents are ordered to financially help with the care of their children, a U.S. Census Bureau data report indicates that many parents failed to provide support in 2015. According to the report, only 43.5 percent of parents who had primary custody received all of their ordered support.
Even worse, the report indicated that some parents received no financial support whatsoever. Alarming data also indicated that many parents whose income placed them below the poverty level are not receiving any financial assistance. Only 39.2 percent of parents received all their support payments, possibly indicating that many children are living below poverty despite the possibility of another parent contributing financially.
When a parent is in need of financial assistance from an estranged significant other, Pennsylvania attorneys can offer advice on how to approach the situation. Options are often available for courts to order child support to be garnished directly from a parent’s paycheck. When court-ordered support is not received, attorneys can often help parents address the issue.
Source: bloomberg.com, “Less Than Half of U.S. Parents With Child Custody Get Funds“, Vincent Del Guidice, Jan. 30, 2018