Child Custody & Support Archives

When your child's other parent is a substance abuser

If you have reason to believe your child's other parent may be abusing drugs, you probably have concerns about the level of care your son or daughter is receiving during his or her time with that parent. Maybe your child is young and you worry about him or her finding and potentially ingesting substances he or she should not, or maybe you worry about your former partner driving your child around while under the influence.

How your child benefits from your joint-custody arrangement

Adjusting to a joint-custody arrangement can prove difficult for the entire family. While you have to adapt to spending time without your child, your child has to adjust to life in two homes along with everything that comes with it. While you may at times feel as if you are doing your child a disservice by forcing him or her to shuffle back and forth between homes regularly, you may, in fact, be doing what is best for his or her emotional well-being.

How child support positively impacts the family

If you pay or receive child support in Pennsylvania, your child will experience many benefits, and you and your child's other parent may, too, enjoy benefits that might include an improved relationship. Child support is money paid by one parent to the other for the purpose of providing for a child's needs, with the money frequently going toward food, housing, health care costs and other necessities.

Child custody plans make life easier after divorce

Pennsylvania parents who are ending their marriages might encounter situations that, if not handled appropriately, might result emotionally harmful to their children. While most will say that everything they plan to do after a divorce will be in the best interest of the child, often, emotions and life situations might lead to different results.

Declining enrollment in child support program threatens children

Single parents head many households in Pennsylvania. For the past four decades, the federal Child Support Enforcement Program has enabled custodial parents to obtain child support from noncustodial parents. Although the program has effectively boosted income for single parents and connected children with noncustodial parents, participation in the program has declined.

Extra costs of raising children to consider during divorce

Parents in Pennsylvania engaged in divorce negotiations should not assume that child support will cover what might be deemed an extra expense instead of an essential cost. For example, parents of younger children who need daycare could spell out the splitting of those costs in a divorce decree because child support calculations will likely not take that expense into account.

Inmates may get new rules for child support

Unfortunately, a number of Pennsylvania parents end up being incarcerated. While they are in prison, these inmates are often unable to make their monthly child support payments. This means that when they get out, they may face large levels of child support debt that they are unable to pay.

Parents consider ways to resolve visitation problems

Many Pennsylvania parents who have gone through a divorce can attest that dealing with visitation matters is often difficult. Parents may experience a number of problems with the visitation agreements that courts order. However, there may be a number of solutions to these issues.

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