Monongahela, PA asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Is child support mandatory in the state of Pennsylvania? I am in the middle of getting divorced and have 2 kids.

I have been the sole giver of their care and the sole income and want nothing from their father.

3 Lawyer Answers

Cary B. Hall

  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: No. If you don't file for it, you won't receive it. But consider that the income is for the benefit of the children, not you. To that extent, it might make some sense to seek it - even if only to put in a savings account for them for the future.

Best of luck to you all.

Kathryn Hilbush

  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: No, you're not required by PA law to seek child support from their father. Not knowing why you don't want anything from him, I can't judge, but I'd say give it some thought as any funds you might receive in support could be saved for the children if you so chose, even if you don't want it now.

Dawn Padanyi

  • Doylestown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: No, a child support order is not mandatory in Pennsylvania, however one may be required to file for support if one is applying for cash assistance. There are some exceptions to this as well. Consult with a local attorney for assistance in making the decision on whether to file for child support.

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