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Pennsylvania fathers may want child support modifications

When a Pennsylvania father is not awarded custody of his children after a divorce, it can be a difficult time for him to cope. He must deal with the fact that he likely will not be seeing his children as often and that he will typically be required to pay child support to the custodial parent. Child support can be a point of contention between parents in many situations, and a father may wish to assess how his payments relate to his time spent with his children.

Support payments can greatly affect a noncustodial parent's income availability. As a result, a father who was making a comfortable salary may now have a more difficult time maintaining his lifestyle due to making payments to the custodial parent, along with alimony and any other required support. It should not be surprising that a father could feel that paying a great deal of money every month and barely seeing his children is an unfair situation.

In some cases, a father may choose to change his employment situation in order to be able to spend more time with his children. Therefore, he may wish to pursue child support modifications. These changes could allow him to more comfortably make payments with his newly adjusted income as well as take into account the fact that he is able to take care of the children more often.

Because modifications to child support may need to be approached in different manners depending on the state, it is important that Pennsylvania parents wishing to pursue payment changes understand the state's procedures. Information from local resources could provide beneficial knowledge on how to proceed. Child support should always be thought of in terms of how the children will be affected, but parental considerations should be taken into account as well.

Source: The Huffington Post, Divorced Dads Who Choose Parenting Over Income and Child Support: Sinners or Saints?, B. Robert Farzad, Feb. 24, 2014

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