Most parents in Pennsylvania take child support obligations seriously. There are times, however, where unusual circumstances make it difficult to know whether a parent is still obligated to provide support for a child. One of those circumstances is emancipation.
The purpose of child support is to ensure that Pennsylvania children have a living situation that is as similar as possible to the one they experienced when their parents were married or together. Generally speaking, child support should be spent on things like food, shelter and clothing for children. It may also be spent on school supplies or medical bills.
A Pennsylvania parent who relies on child support can be seriously affected when the paying parent sustains a physical disability. Custodial parents and those who are required to pay child support should know how courts may handle these payments if such a situation occurs.
Pennsylvania parents who receive or are required to pay child support should be aware of the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act, or DPPA. Created in 1998, it is a federal child support law that targets individuals who purposely try to avoid making child support payments by relocating to another state.
Many Pennsylvania parents understand just how important it is for both parents to be involved in their children's lives. However, a study showed that noncustodial fathers who were behind on their child support payments visited their children less often.
On Jan. 19, Barack Obama signed a regulation that would allow incarcerated parents in all states to request a modification in child support based on a change in circumstances. Pennsylvania already allowed this. However, in several other states, this was not permitted because incarceration was considered voluntary unemployment.
Pennsylvania is one of 36 states that allow child support orders to be modified or suspended if the custodial parent is incarcerated. However, imprisonment is viewed as voluntary unemployment in many parts of the country. Therefore, released prisoners may face crippling debts when their child support obligations have been mounting for months or even years. This has been linked to a variety of social ills including increased crime and higher recidivism rates.
Pennsylvania non-custodial parents who are incarcerated and who have been ordered to pay child support usually can seek a modification of the order. However, 14 states do not allow parents who are in jail or prison to lower their child support obligations or make it very hard to do so. The Obama administration is moving to put regulations in place by Jan. 20 that will change this. These regulations will require states to set amounts that take a prisoner's income into account.
Helping Pennsylvania kids reach their sports dreams can be time consuming and expensive. For many single or divorced parents, finding the money to support those dreams can be quite difficult. This is especially true if both parents do not agree on how much should be spent on particular activities.
Rapper, songwriter and actor Wiz Khalifa will be able to remain in his luxurious Pennsylvania home and continue to enjoy his collection of rare American muscle cars under a divorce settlement filed on June 6. The deal reportedly calls for Khalifa's former wife, the model and actress Amber Rose, to be paid a sum of $1 million. Reports indicate that Khalifa has already paid Rose $356,000.