Custodial parents in Pennsylvania know just how important a regular child support payment can be. Many know the problems that will arise without that payment. Unfortunately, two former spouses have a familiar and two-sided version of the same child support story.
Most Pennsylvania parents know just how important child support payments are in providing a somewhat comfortable lifestyle for their children. Should the parent who supplies those child support payments be unable to do so for any reason, there is the danger that some of the most basic needs of those children may not be met. For those parents, the sum of the financial support they owe accrues until the time comes when they are able to pay what they owe. Such is the case for one father who was released from prison and finding that he owed nearly $40,000 to the mother of his son.
There has been almost nothing more prevalent in the news the past couple of months than the claims of sexual assault and harassment that has allegedly run rampant in the entertainment industry for decades. It may not surprise Pennsylvania residents that Eve Chilton, Harvey Weinstein's first wife, is demanding a lump sum of child support to be paid immediately. She is worried that he will not be able to meet his child support requirements once he has to pay on the lawsuits against him.
Every divorced parent in Pennsylvania should know there is an obligation for the noncustodial parent to financially support the children, even if visitation is limited or nonexistent. If court-ordered child support is not paid, wages are often garnished and made available to the custodial parent. One man owes nearly $60,000 in child support and may have to serve jail time if he does not pay.
Parents in Pennsylvania know their main job of raising their children takes a lot of sacrifice. When the two parents are no longer together, those sacrifices don't end. Child support, spending time as a new family unit and general availability to the kids at any time should always be priorities no matter the relationship between the former couple. Offset, a rapper with the group Migos, is being asked for additional child support from his former love interest, Justine Watson.
When a Pennsylvania marriage ends, there is often a court order for one parent to provide financial support for any children born as a result of the union. What is not always instructed, however, is the payment of spousal support. Should a former spouse not need financial assistance after the divorce, there is no such directive in the divorce agreement. David Hasselhoff and his ex-wife, Pamela Bach, are waging a legal battle against each other over spousal support.
The typical Pennsylvania divorced parents have entered into a child support agreement where the monthly payments by the noncustodial parent are enough to meet the basic needs of the child plus a little more, if his or her earnings allow. The support orders for highly-paid celebrities and others at the wealthy end of the financial spectrum often provide a substantially greater sum. Belkis Rodriguez, the former mistress to Miguel Cabrera and the apparent mother of two of his children is taking him back to court for an increase in the amount of child support he pays her each month.
Authorities in Pennsylvania as well as other states have begun cracking down on noncustodial parents who have not been paying child support. Even older cases have been revisited and offenders have not escaped retroactive action. A man was recently arrested for nonpayment of child support regarding his son, who is now 26 years old.
To many Pennsylvania parents who have gone through a divorce, child support is a necessity. There are some instances where a noncustodial parent is not able to comply with the child support orders set by the court, such as the loss of a job and therefore income. Former NBA player and coach, Derek Fisher has requested and received a reduction in child and spousal support.
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.