The purpose of child support is to pay for the financial, educational, medical, and overall well-being of a child. The parent without custody usually pays child support. When parents share custody, the parent with the higher income pays child support so that the child has the same lifestyle in the households of each parent.
The two ways you can begin the process to get child support are:
Both parents must provide the court with information about their employment, wages and other finances. If there is doubt about who is the father the child, the court also may require that the parents take a paternity test.
It is against the law to stop paying child support that the court orders. The law can take actions to get the unpaid payments as well as punish you for violating the child support order. You may face one or more the following consequences for not paying on time:
A parent that is owed child support can file a case with court or a claim with the child support enforcement agency to get any unpaid payments. The court will require the paying parent to make payments on his own or take the money from his paycheck or tax refund.
A paying parent may file a petition with the court to stop his child support order with an important change in circumstances occurs. You must go to court to stop your payments. It is against the law to stop paying child support payments on your own.
Circumstances that may end your child support obligation are:
If you need help with petitioning or adjusting a child support order, then contact a Pennsylvania family law lawyer today to help you understand your child support rights and obligations.
Last Modified: 05-19-2017 12:05 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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