Other than the possibility of a child going without essential elements such as food, clothing and medical care, not providing financial support with respect to a child can have personal consequences. A Pennsylvania parent who neglects to pay court-ordered child support may have his or her wages garnished, driver's license revoked, and/or possibly be sentenced to jail time and fines on top of the amount overdue. One man has been convicted for owing nearly $60,000 in child support and is currently awaiting sentencing.
When a Pennsylvania couple is married and they have a child, they both are expected to contribute to the upbringing of the child, financially, emotionally and physically. Just because the parents decide to end their marriage does not mean that role ends for the parent who is not granted primary custody. Child support and time spent during visitation periods are often more important when the family is not what it once was. One man who is planning to run for governor of his state may have to spend some time in jail for not paying child support.
Many Pennsylvania custodial parents recognize how detrimental it could be to not receive even one court-ordered child support check. Some of them have had to deal with an ex who rarely pays the full amount, if at all. A verdict has recently been rendered in the case of a father who was accused of not paying child support over a number of years.
While some non-custodial Pennsylvania parents find it hard to pay even $100 each month in child support, others do not blink when they hand over 10 times that much. In addition, they may think nothing of paying for other expenses, such as medical treatments or extracurricular activities. The amount of child support said to be paid by one NBA star has eyebrows raised.
When it comes to paying support to their former spouses, some in Pennsylvania who have to pay it would do almost anything to get out of that financial obligation. One person choosing the "anything" would be the original Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider. He is requesting jail time over paying spousal support to his ex-wife, Elly.
There is a lot in the news these days about arrests of non-custodial parents who have not paid child support. Custodial parents in Pennsylvania know how frustrating it can be when an expected payment is not received and the child has to go without something he or she may need or want. Via a fairly new tactic, at least to some circles of law enforcement, police were able to track down one father for non-payment of child support.
Child support is the responsibility of both parents, whether they are together or not. It can be constricting to the finances of a noncustodial parent, but not receiving regular payments can be detrimental to the custodial parent and the child. Pennsylvania parents may be interested in the story of a police officer who lied about his paycheck, just so he would not have to pay so much in child support.
Most Pennsylvania custodial parents know they can take an ex back to court for child support modifications should there be substantial changes in income for either parent. A new order by the court will need to be obtained for the required adjustments to take place. Tia Kemp, the woman who shares a son with rapper Rick Ross has requested and received an increase in child support from the performer.
Some Pennsylvania custodial parents know it can be extremely frustrating dealing with matters of child support. Sometimes the ex does not comply with a court order to pay, and sometimes the court will not consider the heartfelt plea to reexamine a previous ruling. That is what happened to one mother who asked a panel to review an earlier child support decision.
When a Pennsylvania non-custodial parent chooses to not pay child support, there may be several negative reactions as a result. The most important one might be that the child has to go without a meal, without needed medicine or without sufficient apparel for cold winter months. Other consequences might affect the non-custodial parent him or herself. Case in point, one man is facing contempt of court charges for non-payment of child support.