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What happens to child support when a parent dies?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2018 | Child Support |

Pennsylvania family law attorneys are often used by individuals well past the divorce finalization. The circumstances of divorced spouses can change at any time, sometimes affecting the divorce, custody and child support terms. The death of a spouse who is paying for child support or alimony can have a significant impact on the surviving former spouse and children. The financial support from Scott Weiland was impacted by the singer’s death, but the children’s mother was able to request help Through the court system.

Scott Weiland was famous for his singing with the rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Prior to his death, he was paying $4,000 a month in child support for his two children. He shared the 15 and 17-year-olds with his former spouse Mary Weiland. With his death, the payments temporarily stopped.

Although Mary was not his wife at the time of his death, she was named executrix of Scott’s estate. In the aftermath of Scott’s death, assets had to be assessed as well as his debts, complicated by the fact that he was married to another woman with whom he had a prenuptial agreement. His estate was estimated to total $1,652,332.03, but after debt claims on the estate are paid, the remaining balance should be $645,476. Scott’s former wife claimed that her children had no other source of income and requested that Scott’s estate continue to make the payments as previously agreed in their divorce. The judge agreed and granted the request.

There are numerous reasons why an individual may continue to need the services of a Pennsylvania family law attorney following a divorce. As in this case, the spouse paying needed child support may die, or the paying parent’s income could change or terminate altogether. In addition, a spouse may struggle to receive court-ordered payments, requiring an attorney to help pursue recovery of the needed financial assistance.


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