When Pennsylvania residents think about what child support covers, they tend to think of anything a child may require while he or she is still a minor. However, court-ordered child support is set to only assist in paying for the necessities of the child -- in other words, food, clothing, shelter and medical expenses. With school starting all over the country, some may be surprised to learn that school-related costs do not fall under the necessities umbrella.
A Pennsylvania custodial parent knows how important it is to receive the necessary support for his or her children. In some cases, those child support payments can mean the child will get a nourishing meal every day, and in others, they can determine whether or not the child can participate in after-school activities or summer camp. The one-time mistress of NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire is seeking several things, including permanent child support for her daughter.
When the relationship between two Pennsylvania parents seems to be unpleasant, the child is often the one who suffers. When those parents are no longer together, the amount of child support the non-custodial parent should pay is an issue on which they usually disagree. A.B. Quintanilla, the brother of slain Tejano singer Selena, has been issued a bench warrant relating to a child support case.
When two Pennsylvania parents separate, the noncustodial parent is typically required to pay child support to ensure at least the basic needs of the child will continue to be met. Some of these parents refuse to pay the financial support, often causing the custodial parent to go to great lengths to secure the payments ordered by the court. One father has petitioned the court to eliminate the child support concerning his 14-year-old daughter.
Many non-custodial parents in Pennsylvania practice diligence when it comes to paying child support. Most of these parents are confident the children they are supporting are actually theirs. One man has been instructed by the court to pay thousands in child support for a child who is not his. If he refuses, he will be facing serious consequences.
When the marriage is over, most Pennsylvania non-custodial parents do not have a problem wanting to provide for their children by providing child support. Spousal support, however, is often another issue altogether, especially if there is extreme conflict between the two exes. Football star Robert Griffin III may have it together on the field, but he is having some trouble when it comes to agreeing on the amount of spousal support he will be paying his ex-wife.
Sadly, many Pennsylvania divorced parents know what it is like to not receive the support payments for their children as ordered by a judge. There is a fear that food will not be on the table for one or more meals, that the child will not have a suitable coat to keep him or her warm in the winter, or he or she will have to stay behind on a class field trip because the money just is not there. Terius Gray, known to fans of the rap genre as Juvenile, has recently spent time behind bars for non-payment of child support.
It is common knowledge among divorced couples in Pennsylvania that the non-custodial parent is expected to pay child support. The amount of child support differs with each former couple, based on a number of variables but mainly on income. Fans of the "Real Housewives" series may be interested to hear about the fate of Jules Wainstein's ex-husband, Michael, as he has twice passed up opportunities to pay an amount previously set by a judge.
Non-custodial parents who do not make the necessary support payments for their children are usually the ones who make the headlines. The public seems to find it less enthralling to read about a parent who has a stellar record in meeting his or her financial obligation. Pennsylvania parents may actually be interested to read about a man who has, in fact, paid child support for 17 years in providing for his son.
Whether the parents are married or not, both are obligated to financially support their children for 18 years, in most cases. When the noncustodial parent cannot pay court-ordered child support for some reason, seeking a formal modification should be the first step. However, some parents try to avoid making payments altogether. One Pennsylvania man apparently lied about injuries obtained in combat to avoid paying support and is now facing criminal charges.