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Child support payments made for non-existent child

The family court system has very clear guidelines and laws pertaining to child support. However, there may be times when parents decide to go along with an agreement outside of a court order. This is never recommended, as it can lead to misunderstandings or worse. Anyone in Pennsylvania who is hesitant to agree to a child support order through the family court system may want to know about a woman who pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving child support when there was no child even involved.

The woman met the man on a dating website. A few months after meeting in person, the woman claimed to be pregnant. The woman told the man to pay her directly or she would file a claim and he would end up paying most of the money he made. The man agreed to pay her $1,000 a month.

Failure to pay child support case gets complicated for immigrant

When a child support order is handed down in family court, failure to pay can result in serious consequences for the paying parent. However, not every case of failure to pay child support is cut and dry. Any parent in Pennsylvania who struggles with child support payments or struggles to ensure that a paying parent keeps up with payments may be interested in the case of an immigrant who was jailed for not paying.

The Indian immigrant was ordered to pay $1,000 a month in support. He was the owner of a jewelry store. The business failed, and the man claimed that the child support payments would be the entirety of his salary. He then did not pay and ended up jailed for contempt.

Some coupels may want to protect privacy during divorce

For couples of a certain stature or those in the public eye, privacy of personal affairs may be of the utmost concern. When a couple becomes entangled in a court case, certain information may go from the private to the public domain. For some Pennsylvania couples, having private information become public during a divorce may be something they wish to avoid if at all possible.

Court hearings pertaining to divorce are part of public record and, in actuality, any member of the public can attend a divorce hearing and afterward discuss the details of that public hearing. If issues such as alimony, asset allocation and custody issues are dealt with at a public hearing, the facts and numbers presented can be accessed by the public. For couples who are protective of information concerning their wealth and assets, this can be embarrassing or generally distressing. It may also have a negative effect on children.

Adoption requires individual attention for Pennsylvania families

The decision to adopt is just the first step for a family that wishes to grow. The adoption process is highly unique and each case presents challenges unlike any other. This means that any Pennsylvania family pursuing adoption should understand that individual attention for its case is not just a luxury, but a necessity.

In Pennsylvania, the process varies for each county. This means having legal representation who understands the rules and laws for that particular county is a must. The first step in the adoption process usually entails having the birth parent or parents' consent and having their parental rights terminated. Handling this portion of an adoption in a sensitive and non-confrontational way is best for all involved.

Divorce for older couples in Pennsylvania can be complex

Divorce can be disruptive to daily life and future plans at any age. However, when a couple over a certain age decides to divorce, the process can be much more complex. There are circumstances and factors that older Pennsylvania couples may have to think about that may not plague a couple that is younger.

One area that makes a divorce more complicated after retirement age is if the couple has already made estate-planning preparations. A divorce can impact finances across the board and make certain estate plans for adult children an issue or obligation that may not currently work. Assets may be redistributed, and one party may no longer have the authority to say where that asset is to go after a passing.

Divorce can complicate the holidays for parents and children

The holiday season can present a wide range of logistical problems for any family. When a divorce and child custody agreement are involved, the complications can be compounded. Any Pennsylvania family attempting to navigate the holiday season while faced with a child visitation schedule may benefit from the following tips.

One vital tip is to start the holiday plan by referring to the original paperwork and parenting plan. This can provide clear starting guidelines and adjustments can be mutually made from there. One other vital tip is to have a clear plan in place long before it is needed. Arranging details in advance can prevent last minute confusion over drop-off spots or times.

Once fate of house is decided in divorce, complications can arise

Once a couple decides to split, there are many decisions that need to be made. For many couples in Pennsylvania, custody issues may be the most contentious and personal to arise during a divorce. However, the fate of major assets, such as a house, can also be the source of contention. It may surprise many to know that once the fate of a house is decided, the complications for one or both partners may just be beginning.

When one spouse decides to keep the house, that spouse often needs to refinance the loan in order to relieve the other from the burden of the mortgage. Refinancing, due to loan restrictions, can be difficult. The transition from a two-income family to a single-income household may make a qualified mortgage unattainable.

Retirement and taxes change after Pennsylvania divorce

When a divorce is imminent, there are several concerns that must be addressed, even when a split is completely amicable. Regardless of the nature of a divorce or how long a couple was married, Pennsylvania couples need to be fully aware of how a divorce may impact both their retirement plans and taxes. Both areas, along with other financial areas, are better addressed early in the process and with full disclosure.

Retirement plans can be greatly impacted by divorce. One spouse may not have any retirement savings in his or her name because the other spouse was the main wage earner in the household . In situations in which one spouse was dependent upon the other, when a split occurs, retirement plans may also need to be split. This division of retirement savings can mean one party may have to extend the number of years he or she needs to work in order to retire comfortably.

Child support problems can pose unique challenges

Whenever parents agree to a child support order, the state has the authority to ensure that order is upheld. If it is not, the state can impose penalties or harsh consequences on the parent who is not living up to that child support order. However, those consequences were particularly troubling for one man who was ordered to pay child support for a child who wasn't his. Pennsylvania parents or individuals in the midst of a paternity or child support case may be interested in the case.

The man was said to have fathered a child in 1987, according to state documentation. He was allegedly served with papers at his father's home related to a paternity proceeding. That process server apparently claimed that the man refused to sign the summons. However, documents later showed the man was in prison at the time of service and physically unable to refuse to sign, seemingly supporting his contention that he was not aware of the legal action against him.

Pennsylvania women may need financial advice as part of divorce

There are many lifestyle, emotional and physical changes that come about when a couple goes from being married to being divorced, or even when they begin the process of a divorce. When a divorce does occur, the financial changes are inevitable for both parties involved. However, according to statistics, a woman's finances may change drastically compared to that of her spouse. Pennsylvania women may be interested in advice and facts about how divorce may impact their financial standing and stability.

It is estimated that the income for a woman can drop by 37 percent right after a divorce. Also, women tend to earn less than men to begin with, on average. Because of this fact, women may have a smaller amount saved in retirement accounts -- roughly 60 percent less.