Pennsylvania child support. Separating the truth from myth

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2021 | Family Law |

Most residents in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, know less about family law than they think they do. Unfortunately, believing in the many popular child support myths is a recipe for disaster when settling this critical divorce issue.

Rather than accepting the things you hear regarding child support as truth, it is much better to get the facts. Doing so ensures that you understand what is happening throughout your divorce journey, especially things that affect your kids.

Common child support misconceptions

Below is an overview of the three most commonly believed myths about child support, including a brief description of the truth:

1. Child support orders may not be changed.

Family law courts in Pennsylvania know that life can change unexpectedly for adults. As such, parents can seek a support order modification under certain significant circumstances. For example, if the paying parent loses a job, the court may temporarily lower their support payments.

2. Child support covers a child’s every need.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Often, the supporting parent may not earn enough to cover every single need a child may experience. However, since both parents must support their children, the custodial parent also contributes to the care of each child. For example, the custodial parent may have to cover the costs of extracurricular activities.

3. Parents can set the amount of child support.

Family courts take an active role in determining the noncustodial parent’s support obligations. They take many factors into account when arriving at a monthly figure, including each parent’s income, expenses and other financial matters. Unless they offer to pay more than the court has ordered, parents cannot override a court’s support decision.

The more you learn about child support and divorce laws, the better you and your co-parent can support your kids. In the end, raising happy and healthy children is the primary goal of both parents.

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