Partnering with the Child Welfare League of America, the Children's Defense Fund, and a number of other national organizations, the AARP has produced a set of national and state fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives who are raising children. The Pennsylvania fact sheet offers demographic and economic data on grandparent households with minor children as well as information about state custody laws, public benefits, educational assistance and support services.
Many people mistakenly believe that child support is meant to only pay for the bare necessities of a child, including shelter, clothing and food. However, Pennsylvania parents need to understand that child support is intended to pay for more than just those expenses.
When a child custody case is contested, a Pennsylvania court may require the parents to submit a parenting plan. This agreement is the result of negotiations between the parents, whether through informal means, collaborative law or mediation, with the aim to resolve all of the custody issues that are contested.
One of the major parts of divorce for Pennsylvania residents is figuring out who pays child support and how much should be paid. Child support is defined as financial assistance, paid by the non-custodial parent, for the purpose of helping to pay for the expenses incurred while raising a child. These include costs for food, clothing and shelter, education expenses, health insurance and medical expenses, child care and extracurricular activities, among others.