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What do Pennsylvania parents need to know about child support?

The end of a marriage does not end the responsibilities of parents to their minor children. Under Pennsylvania law it is the duty of both custodial and noncustodial parents to provide financial support for their children.

Generally, anyone who is raising a child can seek child support in Pennsylvania. In most cases, the parent who was granted custody of the kids can seek financial support from the noncustodial parent. When there is joint custody, the parent who spends the most time with the children is usually eligible for child support. Parents need to understand that child support was created for the benefit of the kids and child support payments are intended to pay for the everyday expenses of the children-food, shelter, clothing, medical and extracurricular expenses.

In determining child support Pennsylvania courts focus on the best interests of the child. Parents who are seeking child support should review their rights to ensure that they will obtain a fair and just amount of support. Noncustodial parents, on the other hand, have a right to seek a monthly payment they can afford but have an obligation to provide sufficient support to meet the needs of the children.

When it comes to child support issues, parents may choose to try alternative methods or resolve issues out of court before they opt for litigation. By doing so, they can make their own child support agreement and come to a quicker resolution. Still, taking the case to court is a viable option for those who cannot resolve the issue by themselves.

Source: NLSA.us, "Support law in Pennsylvania," accessed on Feb. 8, 2015

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