Child Support

Child Support Regulation – the Government’s Role

Mar 21, 2018

Because in the United States nearly half of all marriages end in divorce and almost one-fourth of all children are born to unmarried parents, child support regulation is an important social issue. Whereas once the arrangement for and payment of child support was left to the parents, now state child support enforcement agencies are taking […]

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CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS

Mar 15, 2018

Child support orders are issued by the family court, which bases the amount of the support on the state child support guidelines. These guidelines establish the amount of support that must be paid, based largely on the non-custodial parent’s income and the number of children. The court will also take into account other relevant factors, […]

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INTERSTATE MOVES AND CHILD SUPPORT

Feb 28, 2018

When the non-custodial parent moves to another state, the custodial parent may have to rely on the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act to implement or ensure payment of child support. This Act provides the mechanisms by which a support order issued in one state can be enforced by the courts of another state. […]

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UNMARRIED PARENTS AND CHILD SUPPORT

Feb 26, 2018

In cases involving unmarried mothers seeking child support, the first step may be the legally establish the father’s “paternity” of the child. The father can do this voluntarily, but if he does not the mother may need to bring a lawsuit to establish paternity, which is usually done using genetic (DNA) testing. The court will […]

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CHILD SUPPORT; COLLEGE EDUCATION, A CHILD CAN INTERVENE IN PARENTS’ DIVORCE SEEKING MONEY FOR COLLEGE

Sep 11, 2017

A child can intervene in his parents’ marital settlement agreement to enforce a provision that directly benefits him, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled Aug. 11 in Weber v. Weber that Michael Weber has standing to seek enforcement of a section of his divorced parents’ agreement that would require his […]

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Lump Sum Child Support

May 24, 2017

Lump Sum Child Support: Is It a Defense Against Future Payments? Some divorcing parents may try to make an agreement for a large lump sum child support payment rather than a regular, extended payment plan. However, if a parent who paid a lump sum is later sued for more child support, he will be obligated […]

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Child Support Must Be Immediately Available

Apr 20, 2017

MONIES AWARDED UNDER THE GUIDELINES MUST BE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE FOR THE CHILDREN’S NEEDS In the family law, Child Support case of Hanrahan vs. Bakker, PICS Case No 16-1455 (Pa. Super. Nov. 18. 2016)  the Honorable Judge Alice Beck Dubow, writing on behalf of the Pennsylvania Superior, ruled that in a high income child support case, […]

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CHILD SUPPORT FOR A 39 YEAR OLD DISABLED DEPENDENT CHILD

Feb 17, 2017

In the family law, child support case of Johnson vs. Johnson, PICS Case No. 17-0005 (Pa. Super., Dec. 20, 2016) the Honorable John T. Bender, writing on behalf of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, ruled that the trial court erred in relying on medical records from prior litigation in the case, not introduced into evidence in […]

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Child Support For Emancipated Daughter: College Costs

Dec 13, 2016

Mother’s Motion To Compel Father To Pay A Portion Of Emancipated Daughter’s College Costs Is Denied Plaintiff Dawn Powell appealed the Family Part’s order denying her motion to compel defendant Jasper Rowe to pay a portion of the college costs incurred by their now-emancipated daughter. Neither plaintiff nor the child moved to have defendant contribute […]

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Additional Child Support Required To Defray Additional Extracurricular Activities For A Gifted Child

Dec 01, 2016

This family law, child support case presented the question: What is a “gifted” child, as referenced in New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines? The issue arose in the context of considering defendant-mother’s application for an order requiring plaintiff-father to contribute a limited sum of additional funds, above and beyond basic guideline-level child support, to help defray […]

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