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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have been paying the State of California Child Support for over 28 years.

They have seized my Federal Returns every year and continue to take roughly 400.00 per month from my pay check.

I have repaid the DCSS in excess of 250,000.00.

My children are grown and 31 and 29 respectively.

I am not sure of the exact figures, but I know they did not... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

You need to get an accounting from the State, ultimately you may have to contact the Pennsylvania Civil Liberties Union, because you shouldn't have to sue them in California. Further, there should be a process for accounting. Given the amount of money you may want to contact the California Civil... Read more »

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Q: A friend of mine just found that he has a 13 year old child. Friend lives in NJ. Childhood sweetheart lives in York PA

She applied for Welfare and they asked her question about the father. She then reached out to him to tell him about his child he never knew he had. Now (13 years later) he has to pay support. Is there a statue of limitations that could protect him since she waited so long to let him know he had a... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

I don't believe there is but he can ask for a blood test or DNA test if he isn't sure. A birth certificate would be a start. An acquaintance was paying child support and when he saw a picture of the child it was apparent he was not the father.

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Q: My boyfriend has to pay child support for his 3 year old to go to a private school. How can we fight this to stop it?

He does have 50/50 custody. We are in Pennsylvania.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

He should contact an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Will my child be free from their father if their father moves from Pennsylvania to Florida without an arrangement?

We do not currently have an official custody arrangement. It has been 9 years since we divorced. The children are both 15 years old. We are afraid to go for court for one because the children don't want to see their father more than they have to if we fail to get sole custody. However, the father... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 24, 2020

I am not sure what safe legally means? The father has an equal right to see his children, so a court may order visitation. The children's viewpoint is one of 16 factors the court considers in ordering visitation. Here is where it gets nasty. Florida is a member of the custody compact but they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: My wife and I agree on a divorce and are curious as to how the process will work in PA.

I have worked in the same career during our entire marriage which started at around 45K (10 years ago) working my way up the corporate ladder to over 100K. We have 2 children. My wife has a few certifications for professions, but has never kept a job. She always has a reason she leaves after a... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jan 2, 2020

You really do need to sit down with an experienced family law attorney to address your questions. You would do well to hire an attorney to draft all the necessary procedural paperwork -- but most definitely to craft a comprehensive property settlement agreement to address how assets/liabilities... Read more »

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Q: my kids father is trying to decrease his child support order but I just saw he rented out an apartment for $1200.

Will that help my case? Also he we have a custody agreement that he doesn't abide by and he sees the kids once a month instead picking them up every other Saturday.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jan 2, 2020

If he owns the property that was just rented, the $1,200.00/mo. rental income could possibly be counted as his income for purposes of calculating child support. If the property is owned by a company, however, the lines are more blurry. Definitely bring it up to the hearing officer.

Your...
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Q: How do you report non payment of child support for over 2 months?

Noncustodial parent changed jobs, didnt report, so I filed for reevaluation. Over 2 months non payments now.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 1, 2020

Contact the Domestic Relations Office managing the support case

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can i put my kids in protective custody when mu ex leaves the 15 and 10 yo has heart defects? Home alone overnight

The ex has a tendency to lesve the kids home alone friday nights no babysitter with alot of men i do not know or trust knowing they are typically home alone without her there at times. Its a safety concern she refuses to listen to and always tells me to its my life dont tell me how to live it.... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 26, 2019

You should discuss this situation with an experienced family law attorney. If the circumstances are as you say, there are several options. Talk to an attorney in person please.

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Q: If your child enlist in the military does said child become emaciated and end court order for support?

Child will be 18 in February and mother has already signed consent form .

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 11, 2019

Generally yes, but look at the terms of the support order. I'd think you'd want to support any youth enlisting at a time of war.

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Q: Me and my ex have to go for child support, I live at home and pay bills such as wifi, cable, phone bill eat as my "rent"

my ex has an apartment that he pays half of the $800 rent plus half of utilities, do the courts consider rent in calculating his support amount in PA? What if his girlfriend is giving him half of the rent in cash and then he pays the rent out of his account? Will courts look at that as him paying... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

Generally speaking, in PA the bills and other financial obligations of the parents, other than medical insurance, child's medical expenses, and childcare/tuition, are not relevant. The calculation of a support order is income, not expense, driven.

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Q: My mother doesn’t allow me to see my son but has me paying child support every month... I was told

If I can’t see him, I don’t have to pay... is that true and how would I go about bringing that up? I’ve been paying since June or July now...

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

In PA child support and child custody are separate in that , if you have a support order, you still have to pay it regardless of whether or not you see your child. If you want to see your son and your mother s not willing, then you're going to have to go to custody court to obtain time with him.

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Q: Can garnished payments for child support arrears be modified by custodial parent via court?

NCP arrears payments that were approved by court are being garnished out of his pay, but now CP wants payments to be increased. Can CP have court increase arrears payments, and if yes, under what circumstances? All kids are over 18, no longer live with CP and 1 passed away in 2015.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

The CP can request that the court increase the arrears payments. Whether she/he will be successful depends on a number of factors. A petition would have to be filed in order to make this request.

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Q: Where can I get full copies of my child support case
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

You'll probably have to go in person to the Domestic Relations Office which is handling your case. Be forewarned that they may charge you for every copy so you may want to think about what documents you really need. They can also give you a print-out of your payment . You can call first to find out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What to do when a verbal agreement surrounding custody isn't being honored?

A friend of mine made a verbal agreement with the father of her children to get away from his abuse. He told her that if she gave him full custody and let him keep the house that he wouldn't contact her in any way including child support. She wanted the details of the agreement added to the custody... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 9, 2019

She can immediately file for custody -- and should. She should also consult with a good family law attorney as well to discuss her various options and plot her next move(s), including about dealing with the house situation.

Feel free to pass my name along to her and have her contact me....
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: can I take my ex-wife's boyfriend and his wife for child support if they completely support her?

ok so I have primary custody of my three kids. I pay spousal support to her. but the Ex-wife moved in with her new boyfriend and his wife almost a year ago. they pay for everything housing, food, car, etc.. am I able to take her and them and have there income added to hers for child support?

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 6, 2019

No. They're not responsible for your children at all, so their income is irrelevant to any child support calculation.

But you may be able to argue that the lack of expenses for your ex-wife (due to their paying for everything) should be factored into your spousal support calculation. This...
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Q: Child support

The mother of my children moved out of PR to PA and refuses to tell me her location and refuses the children to see me. The oldest child is 17 in April and the second one is 16 in April. They both work part time jobs.

I was told PA emancipation age is 18 and PR is 21 and even though she... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 5, 2019

If this has all occurred within the past 6 months, Puerto Rico would likely still have jurisdiction over the custody case. File something immediately in PR, and use her last known address in PR for service of your motion. Having local PR counsel is also advised -- he or she can be of immense help... Read more »

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Q: I'm required to pay support until kids are 23 (in college). However mom put them out of her home at 18.

I want money to go to children. Order was placed in NJ. Kids lived in WV but are currently staying with my mother in DE when not in school.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 2, 2019

You're going to have to ask this question of an attorney who practices in whichever jurisdiction is administering this order. It appears that would be NJ. You may have to change your location because right now your question is going out to PA lawyers.

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Q: Is it illegal in the state of pennsylvania for the mother and father to ride together to a child support hearing?
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 2, 2019

No, not unless one of them is subject to a restraining order regarding the other one..

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: My sons mother keeps asking me for money on top of the money i give my son on the side. Can I put myself on child sup.?
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Nov 17, 2019

You could but first you might want to figure out what the result might be if you were subject to a support order under the PA Support Guidelines. There are several support calculators available online, one through the PA Department of Health. I suggest you either work with one of those or, even... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Mother filed a false protective order to get child then moved out of state "Pennsylvania " we lived in Maryland

We were in MD for 9 months. She has been in PA for 3 weeks and has blocked all communication with me and now I received support papers in the mail box.but haven't been served with anything...I have filed for custody in MD waiting to hear from the court...how can she file in PA and do I have to get... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Nov 1, 2019

She's playing the jurisdictional game, obviously -- and she won't win. But in the meantime, it's a huge hassle.

I say you do nothing on the support end of things, esp. if you haven't been formally served with anything (and don't sign for anything yet). You may want to consider filing an...
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