Children are often unwitting bystanders to their parents' personal and relationship challenges and, in cases where a child's parents split without ever marrying or decide to divorce, it's imperative that a child's needs continue to be met.
There are many parents in Pennsylvania who struggle to ensure that their children's needs are met. This may also be the case even for those who are perceived to be wealthy. For example, actor Charlie Sheen is now embroiled in child support disputes with two women as he seeks to have the amount he pays each month reduced.
Parents have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that their children receive the financial and emotional care they require. Most parents in Pennsylvania are more than willing to meet these obligations to the children. However, one out-of-state man claims he was recently notified that he will be required to pay child support with whom he shares no biological connection.
At this time of year, many people are pulling together the necessary documents to file their federal and state taxes. For many this is a relatively straightforward process. However, those who receive or pay child support in Pennsylvania and in other states may have questions about how to treat such payments as they complete their tax returns.
As most parents know, it is expensive to raise a child. As a result, it is necessary for both parents to meet their moral and legal obligations to their children. Failure to do so could not only have serious legal consequences but could also damage the parent-child relationship. Police in Pennsylvania say that have recently made several arrests as a result of parents who allegedly failed to pay child support.
When a two people have a child together, both parents have a responsibility to the child as well as to each other. Meeting the child's emotional and physical needs is part of fulfilling these responsibilities in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, some parents are unable to meet their legal responsibilities regarding their child and could potentially face serious legal ramifications as a result. One out-of-state man recently faced felony charges for failing to pay child support.
When a divorce is unfolding, issues related to any children involved can often take front and center. When it comes to children, the specific issue of child support can be a source of confusion, frustration and contention. Pennsylvania parents should be aware that legal assistance related to child support should encompass both knowledge and experience as child support needs can be complex and varied.
Any kind of debt can be debilitating. However, child support debt can affect every aspect of a Pennsylvania parent's life and adversely affect the child for whom the support is intended. Unfortunately, once a parent falls on hard times financially, that child support payment may not be possible, and child support debt can add up. Several states have realized the way in which this debt affects parents and children and have initiated programs to help parents deal with the debt productively.
Violation of a child support agreement can lead to serious consequences, including jail time in some cases. If a Pennsylvania parent falls behind in child support payments for any reason, understanding the consequences is vital. It is also vital to know about a federal law pertaining to back due support and the ability to move to another state, as moving away has led to possible jail for one dad in particular.
When a parent fails to pay court-ordered child support for whatever reason, there may be serious consequences handed down, including wage garnishment or loss of a driver's license. If a parent loses his or her Pennsylvania driver's license due to lack of payment of child support, that parent's livelihood and ability to pay in the future may be further jeopardized. One state has enacted a law to help parents who are behind in child support avoid losing their jobs by offering them a chance for obtaining a special driver's license.