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Financial Challenges and Child Support

Jan. 18, 2019

Child support payments can be incredibly difficult for people who are facing financial challenges, whether they were fired unexpectedly or a health crisis has led to financial hardships. Our law office knows how difficult this can make daily life for non-custodial parents in Pennsylvania, and it can be challenging for custodial parents as well when payments are not received. Unfortunately, falling behind on child support can further complicate someone’s life, not only in terms of their finances but in many other ways as well. As a result, it is extremely important to go over your options if you are facing these problems or expect to have financial difficulties in the future.

Back child support can result in the threat of arrest, the denial of passport privileges, financial penalties, a damaged reputation and many other consequences. Fortunately, some parents who are unable to pay child support because of struggles they are facing may have certain options on the table. For example, child support modification is one way that parents have been able to stay current on their child support in the midst of significant financial problems. Even if this is not an option for you, you may benefit from setting up a payment plan.

It is always important to plan ahead when it comes to your finances, and this is especially true with respect to non-custodial parents who are in the middle of unexpected financial problems and have to make child support payments. We cover some other issues related to paying child support on our blog.