Marijuana use is currently a hot topic in the United States. Though Pennsylvania has not yet followed suit, a number of states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. One western state recently approved use of the drug for both medicinal and non-medicinal use. That action has prompted some to question how passage of the Amendment will affect child custody litigation within the state.
For Pittsburgh parents going through a divorce, matters of child support are an important part of the process. These agreements often focus on child support needs for the near future, especially for parents of young children, while possibly glossing over support needs of the distant future. One of the most troubling of these future costs is college, which can cause problems for both sides of the family.
Some divorced Pennsylvania parents are likely familiar with the difficulties that can arise when trying to maintain child support agreements when a former spouse is living within the same city or state. However, these child support agreements can become even more difficult to uphold when one former spouse is living in an entirely different country. These parents may soon see assistance, though, with new legislation that has recently passed through the House.
Coming to an agreement on child support during a child custody case can often be a difficult and stressful matter, as many divorced or divorcing Pennsylvania couples may know firsthand. This is especially so when there are harsh feelings between the parents or other parties involved such as new spouses. These child support agreements often come late, after much debating in and out of court, and may stand to further stress relationships among a separated family.
Divorced parents in Pennsylvania who have problems obtaining the child support payments rightfully due to their children from the paying parent know how difficult this process can be sometimes. It can be even more difficult to obtain this often relied-upon child support when the paying parent refuses to uphold their part of the bargain, and even more difficult if the paying parent can't even be located.
It has been customary that in child support disputes, a biological parent is the one that is typically pursued to make payments. However, sometimes this role is filled by the "psychological" parent, deemed to be an individual that the child has known in a parental role longer than their biological parent. These issues were intertwined in a Pennsylvania woman's recent child support case.