Understanding child support in Pennsylvania

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2023 | Divorce

If you’re a parent in Pennsylvania, you likely know that child support is a legal obligation for non-custodial parents to provide financial assistance for their children. A court order usually determines the amount of child support and can be modified under some circumstances.

When can you modify your child support order?

If you need help paying your child support or you need to receive the total amount of support, you may be wondering if you can modify your child support order. In Pennsylvania, you can request a modification if there has been a significant change in your circumstances. This may include a change in your income, a change in your child’s needs or a change in the custody arrangement.

How to modify your child support order

To modify your child support order in Pennsylvania, you will need to file a petition with the court that issued the original order. The court will review your request and may schedule a hearing to consider the matter.

However, it’s important to note that a modification is not automatic, and the court will consider all relevant factors before making a decision.

What happens if you don’t pay your child support?

Failing to pay child support in Pennsylvania can have serious consequences. The state has several enforcement measures to ensure parents fulfill their legal obligations. This may include wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, suspension of driver’s licenses and even jail time in some cases.

Meeting obligations

If you’re struggling to meet your child support obligations, or you’re not receiving the full amount of support, you may be able to modify your child support order in Pennsylvania. However, it’s essential to understand that the court will consider all relevant factors before deciding, and a modification is not guaranteed. Remember, the best way to ensure your child’s needs are met is to stay current with your child support payments.