Challenges of establishing, enforcing a child support order

Many divorcees in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. feel that their exes "get too much" in child support payments. In fact, a considerable percentage of recipients entitled to child support pursuant to a court order do not receive what is mandated.

High-profile and celebrity mothers particularly receive significant media and public scrutiny about child support payments they purportedly receive. A great deal has been made about the amount of child support allegedly being paid by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson.

The amount Tomlinson pays to his ex is said to be in the five-figure range. However, observers should keep in mind that Tomlinson is thought to be worth between $20 and $50 million. Moreover, he is continually making a healthy paycheck as a singer with One Direction.

Most states utilize a formula to compute a non-custodial parent's child support allegation. The formula factors the income earned by both parents to ascertain how much will be paid in support of a minor child.

The child support system in place across the United States is far from perfect. There is no way to regulate whether or not the parent receiving support actually spends the funds for the benefit of a child. The consequences of nonpayment of child support can be severe. However, enforcement is uneven.

Child support issues prove to be some of the most acrimonious in divorce, legal separation and paternity cases. Whether a person is a custodial parent in need of a child order or wants help enforcing of an existing one, legal assistance could be helpful.

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