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What you should know about child support

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2022 | Family Law |

Child support is an obligation that parents owe to their children. The need for this type of financial help arises if you are not living with your child but still have a legal responsibility to take care of him or her.

Child support is often a complicated aspect of divorce, and it comes with many nuances. Here are some important things you should know about the process…

Understanding child support

You may be able to work out an agreement about payment with your ex-spouse, but child support often comes with a court order. The amount that you owe will largely depend on your income and your child’s needs. You will not be able to deduct your payments from your taxable income. If you find any problems with the court order, you should file an appeal with the Domestic Relations Section within twenty days after you receive it.

Paying child support

If a court orders you to pay child support, you may be wondering how to go about it. Your payments will be due at the beginning of each month, so it is important to know how and where to send your payments. The best place to start is by checking your court order to see if it lists any addresses. You can also check the Pennsylvania Child Support website or call the Bureau of State Child Support Enforcement for more information.

Child support is a hotly contested issue with many moving parts. With a little knowledge and understanding of how the process works, you can make the right decision for your family while protecting your own rights.