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Understanding more about child support payments

When Pennsylvania parents split up, child support can be a key issue. These funds can be critical for providing for a child's needs, including educational, medical and personal expenses. Many people across the country have little understanding of child support statistics. However, it can be very important for people going through the process to learn more about what they may expect.

Considering remarriage and child support payments

People in Pennsylvania who go through a divorce may wonder about the impact that remarriage can have on child support. In many cases, people who remarry may seek to have more children in the future as part of their new marriage. In other cases, people marry other single parents and take on at least some of the financial responsibilities for raising their children. It can be particularly important for divorced parents to understand the impact that different scenarios can have on their child support entitlements and obligations.

How to manage college costs during a divorce

Couples in Pennsylvania are finding that divorce can have a devastating impact on a family's finances. Since divorce is prevalent, all people are encouraged to consider every aspect of their finances when in the process of a divorce or dispute. This is especially important because the household's finances become divided into two separate homes. One of the most important considerations is how the student's financial plans will be handled in the event of a devastating divorce.

How to terminate child support orders in Pennsylvania

Noncustodial parents are generally required to pay child support to help custodial parents raise a child. However, it is possible that a parent who is receiving support can request that those payments be stopped. This generally occurs when parents choose to get back together after a separation or divorce. If the parents are back together, there is no reason to mandate a certain level of support.

The problems with the child support system

Many Pennsylvania parents struggle to pay child support, especially when they make less than $10,000 a year. According to a study from the Urban Institute, about 70 percent of all child support debt in the U.S. is owed by parents who fit in this category. Even so, the consequences for owing child support can be severe, including jail time.

Protecting family wealth with a prenuptial agreement

Some Pennsylvania residents who are preparing to tie the knot may not have considered getting a prenuptial agreement. However, those who are bringing assets into a marriage may wish to consider a prenuptial agreement to protect those assets in the event of a divorce.

About paternity

There is more than one reason parents in Pennsylvania should official establish the paternity of their child. In addition to having the right to have a relationship with their father, children can also receive a number of benefits, such as being able to receive child support, Social Security, inheritances or veterans benefits. The children will also receive valuable information about their father's genetic history, which can make them aware about any medical issues they may have inherited.

About custodial parents

Pennsylvania parents who have been designated as custodial parents will have physical custody of their children for most of the time. As a custodial parent, these parents shoulder the majority of the legal responsibility for their children's upbringing, regardless of the degree of involvement of the non-custodial parent.

Reasons to seek joint legal custody and possible drawbacks

Pennsylvania parents who are getting a divorce will need to reach an agreement regarding child custody, which includes legal as well as physical custody. Legal custody refers to which parent is able to make decisions about major aspects of the child's life, such as religion, education and health care. Legal custody may be joint even if physical custody is not shared.

How you can put together a parenting agreement that works

When you decide to divorce, it won't be long before you wonder what will happen in regard to how you raise your child or children. Since this is one of the most important things on your mind, you don't want to wait too long to learn more about your situation and the steps you can take to improve it.

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