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The effect your financial situation has on child support

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2018 | Child Support

When Pennsylvanian parents split, there are still financial matters to take care of, such as child support payments. Support payments in particular can get a little tricky, but the plus side is that they’re also very flexible and can change based on one’s financial situations.

FindLaw takes a look at the steps that are necessary to file for child support modification, which can be used to change the child support arrangement that is currently in place. For the most part, the biggest catalysts of change revolve around one or both parent’s financial situations. For example, the paying parent may be able to reduce the payment if they lose their job, start supporting a new family, or get into an accident. On the flip side, they may be required to pay more if their spouse loses a job but their situation remains stable.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services specifically talks about the requirements Pennsylvanian residents need to meet before they can seek to change a support order. This includes listing out the materials that will be needed in order to petition. It also includes answers to questions like whether or not incarceration could impact a person’s ability to petition. Finally, it walks everyone through the process of actually requesting the change, which includes calling, writing or visiting the DRS that oversees one’s support case.

Unfortunately, financial circumstances won’t stay the same forever. Anyone who finds themselves in a bind may need to request help in order to get back out of it so they can support themselves too.

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