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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: will changing from partial custody to 50/50 decrease what I pay in child support? Dad still isn’t working and I am.

I will now have shared physical custody instead of partial. I work and sons father doesn’t. Can what I was paying with partial custody be decreased now that I will have my child 50/50? Dad can, but chooses not to work. Is this okay? Can they ask him why he’s unable to work? Should I pay the... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Oct 8, 2019

Your order may decrease but it's all dependent n your relative incomes. You should consult in person with an experienced family law attorney in your area to discuss the best way to present the case in regard to the father's alleged inability to work.

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Q: I've been getting support for 9 years now. Suddenly 2 years ago he pulled some sort of strings and I've only been receiv

Checks for one of our two children since 2017. Now suddenly July of this year I stopped receiving payments all together. I've verified he's still working. I can't get in touch with anyone feom family court's division. Any and all help is greatly appreciated thank you everyone in advance

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Oct 5, 2019

Keep trying Family Court. No way of knowing why from where I sit.

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Q: My husband quit his job to start his own business and now wants to lower his child support. Can he?

My ex-husband only pays $600 a month for 3 kids. (Which is low to start with because I already agreed to a lower amount twice) He quit his job to start his own business and now after 1 month he wants to lower his child support saying he isn't bringing in enough money. Can he? (Pennsylvania)

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Oct 5, 2019

He can certainly request the reduction but typically the court would view a situation such as this as a voluntary reduction in income not warranting a reduction in the support order.

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Q: I just had a baby & was told that in PA I can be unemployed for 6 months and not have to pay child support is that true?

In other words child support can't make me pay monthly payments or charge me for my rears for 6 months after having a baby

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Oct 5, 2019

No, that's not true. I'm assuming that you're the father?

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Q: Ex trying to lower support

My ex husband is taking me back to try to get his support lowered since my son started kindergarten. If it gets lowered does the lower amount go into effect after mediation or does it go back to the day he filed? Will I get a lower amount until he gets paid back what he's paid since his initial... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Oct 3, 2019

Usually the modification is effective the date the petition was filed but if the circumstances resulting in the modification occurred after the filing date then it's likely the order wouldn't be effective until that later date. Often the payments toward the prior order may be used to reduce any... Read more »

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Q: Why wouldn't the mother of my children's unemployment be taken into account for child support

I am currently married but recently separated. The mother of my 3 children (ages 10, 12, and 14) moved out in May to her parents house. We recently went to child support mediation where she was asking for $2390 a month; my monthly income is $3800, which will not allow me to even afford my... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 26, 2019

Her unemployment compensation should have been taken into account. Check the bottom left side of the order where the respective incomes of the parties are shown. If it shows zero for her then you should consider seriously appealing to a judge but be careful not to miss the appeal period . That's... Read more »

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Q: My spouse cheated on me we are currently going through a divorce she did not work our entire relationship. We have 2 kid

Is there a law that says the spouse who was in the wrong can still get child support knowing what they did was wrong. Also my children were involved with the other person. My kids were told to keep him secret from me . He is currently living with her. Is she due child support or can I fight it.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 24, 2019

Child support has zero to do with marital infidelity -- it's only about what the kids need to survive, and the primary custodian of the children will get that.

It DOES matter for alimony or spousal support, however, so you can raise an infidelity defense if she's trying to seek that from...
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Q: In Pennsylvania can you sue for past child support payments?

I filed for support 14 years ago and finally started receiving it this year, but they will only back date it for 1 year because that's the only time they can prove he worked.. so can I obtain a lawyer and sue him for the other 13 years? He was sending the domestics mail back to them and dodging... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 22, 2019

I suggest that you run the whole scenario by a local attorney experienced in family law. The reality is that , if you can't prove he had income or that he had an earning capacity in those past years, there's not much likelihood that a support order will be entered for that time period. However,... Read more »

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Q: My ex has been receiving CS for 2 years she was recently arrested 2 times for theft could CS be stopped because of it?

She has been in an out of jail since their birth only 2 years ago she came into their lives there 9 now so we went to court they immediately gave her 50-50 even being absent for so long. It’s been a battle she is well known in the courts but how addicts are viewed now is different than 10 years... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 22, 2019

Retail theft is not one of the crimes that the custody court is expected to consider when making a custody determination. I wouldn't think that you can have the support stopped based on these charges either. Obviously you're very frustrated with the court system but these arrests are not likely the... Read more »

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Q: Can you be forced to continue to pay child support for a 19 year old who still has not graduated high school?

He failed 7th grade. Turned 18 in March of his 11th grade. He nearly failed again, was to attend summer school but did not. He is now a senior and will be 19 in March 2020. When can father petition to stop paying support?

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 20, 2019

You can file now but I suspect the court will cotinue the order until the end of this school year

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Q: My Boyfriend just went back to court because his ex wanted more support for softball. Should he appeal that?

he now has to pay over 100 more for sport that she chooses to do. Can he get that reduced or removed?

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 20, 2019

He can but it's hard to say more since it's not known what level of the court system his hearing was in. If he was before a master and appeals to a judge, he always runs the risk of obtaining a less favorable decision. If the hearing was before a judge, the cost of appealing to Superier Court far... Read more »

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Q: I work 2 jobs and my monthly support order took the same amount from both jobs making me pay double the order.

They said they could cancel one of the withholding from one job but that I will not get my money back that I over paid for this month. Is that correct?

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 20, 2019

Could be. If that's the case, then it's likely that the overpaid money is being used to reduce arrears in the case.

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Q: I HAVE BEEN PAYING CHILD SUPPORT. HOW DO I GET THAT MONEY BACK, IF I DONT OWE IT?
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 18, 2019

I'm sorry but more facts are needed, such as how have you been making these support payments and why do you think you should get them back.

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Q: I have been paying child support past the age of 18..she is 24 years old an their trying to hold me responsible for $16

$16000.00 dollars

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 12, 2019

It sounds like you have unpaid support, or arrears, that you're expected to pay off. If you're confused, you should be able to obtain an answer from Domestic Relations.

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Q: Does “PATERNITY ORDER ISSUED- DF EXCLUDED (stipulation) mean that the tested man is not the father? (Pennsylvania)
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 8, 2019

Sure sounds like it, assuming he's the defendant.

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Q: For child support in PA does a mother have to have a job for more than 6 months to be able to put a father on CS?
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 7, 2019

No, there is no such requirement.

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Q: After unemployment runs out and if no one will still hire me how am I suppose to pay support

I’ve been applying for 5 jobs a week for a few months

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 6, 2019

Take your case back to court and hope that you can successfully demonstrate that your efforts to find employment have been serious and persistent. Or you can obtain employment outside of your field and also show the court that you couldn't obtain work in the field you used to be employed in, but at... Read more »

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Q: No I couldn’t find domestic relations to click on this question is about child support
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 6, 2019

What is your question?

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Q: Can a woman receiving child support in the state of PA willingly quit her job to get get more child support?

She is trying to force the man to let her move across country with the kids by raising his support as high as she can.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 4, 2019

Quitting a job without good cause does not usually work in favor of that person. The trick will be for the dad to demonstrate that she quit without good cause. He should consult with an experienced family law attorney to determine what his strategy should be.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I deduct life insurance payments on myself from my child support payments if the CP's kids are sole beneficiaries?

I live in Pennsylvania and I pay premiums for life insurance on myself. The sole beneficiaries are the custodial parent's children. Can I request a modification to the support order to deduct the life insurance payments I make from the monthly child support payments I make to the custodial parent?... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 2, 2019

It's highly unlikely that life insurance premiums will be used to reduce your support payment in the event there is a support action.

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