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Basics of child support arrangements during a divorce

Pennsylvania parents may be cognizant of the social and psychological effects that divorce may have on children. However, the economic effects of a divorce may also affect children in a significant way. Child support laws are intended to make the transition easier on children, in large part by maintaining the standard of living the children experienced while the marriage was intact.

Marital asset and debt identification, distribution explained

When it comes to settling a divorce, Pennsylvania is an "equitable distribution" state. This does not mean that in the process of a divorce the marital property is divided equally. Rather, the marital property is separated based on what is considered fair by the Court of Common Pleas. Because this is a subjective exercise, the court takes numerous factors into consideration before making this decision.

What happens if I don't pay child support in Pennsylvania?

Once a judge orders that child support must be paid, there are several ways to pay. Failure to pay has consequences that vary according to the specific circumstances. Government issued licenses can be denied or suspended including those issued for driving, hunting or fishing, licenses for professional occupations and commercial driver's licenses if there are at least 3 months of child support in arrears and income has not been ordered withheld. Failure to pay can also affect credit ratings, bring about liens on real estate and negatively impact hiring and employment. Tax refunds and other government payments may be reduced. In some cases, jail time and fines may apply.

Property division during a Pennsylvania divorce

Pennsylvania couples going through a divorce have several issues to resolve throughout the divorce process. Property division is often a part of the divorce that can quickly turn acrimonious. Spouses may feel entitled to certain items acquired before or during the marriage. If either spouse owned a business during the marriage, there are more items to discuss.

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