Pennsylvania Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: I am paying child support but she wants me to pay the dentist bill not covered by insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 15, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If "she" is the custodial parent, then"she" is responsible for the first $250 in medical expenses per child annually. Your order should indicate this.

Q: What is the process for child support ? Mediation — assuming unsuccessful - to court next ? Time frame ?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
File a complaint for support. A conference will be held. If no agreement, then a hearing before a master. If one or both parties disagree with the decision, n appeal for a hearing before a judge is filed. Each county has it's own procedures that may slightly impact this basic procedure.

Q: I signed B.C. And paid support, DNA said he wasn’t mine at 8yrs. Mom took me off C.S. 5yrs later she filed new support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Sounds pretty strange. I suggest that you get an experienced family law attorney involved although I'm concerned because it sounds like an order has already been entered against you. If so, check the order to find out if your appeal period has expired yet.

Q: NYS child sup. laws or rules in regards to personal injury, pain and suff. settlements non-taxable one-time pymnt no arr

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Somehow, even though your location is shown as being in NC and you're asking about NY support laws, the question ended up with the PA attorneys. I suggest that you try posting it again.

Q: My husband took me for child support but I was still on his lease and lived there for 3 months while being charged

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
You should have brought up the fact that you were living together with the children at the time of the support hearing. If there hasn't been a hearing yet, then you can bring it up at that time.

Q: If u are taking off child support by mom is that possible and will u be obligated to pay the remaining arrears

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If the arrears are not owed to welfare, the mother may voluntarily forgive them , but she's under no obligation to do so, even if she terminates the support order.

Q: Is it illegal in Pa to take child support if you do not have custody of the children

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If you have court-ordered custody you can open a support case against both parents. That way mom may be ordered to pay and dad will be paying you, not her.

Q: I thought I already asked this. Sorry if it's a repeat. Is there a way to hold someone accountable to file their taxes?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If he's not current on his support obligation, you should definitely take him back to court for failure to comply/contempt. If he's paying his support every month, and he's also paying at least an additional 10% of the order to reduce the arrears, it may be more difficult to get any where in court but I say talk to your Domestic Relations Office to see if they's assist you. In some counties, they'll freeze bank accounts if the arrears are high enough, even with the additional 10% being paid...

Q: I receive support n pay for my childs Dental insur thru my work He now requires braces Who pays the balance not covered

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 3, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If your support order doesn't already address this issue, which it apparently does not, you can discuss with the other parent sharing the uncovered cost in the same percentages as you share other medical expenses. If the other parent doesn't want to agree to pay, you may have to go back to court to have it decided there. Also, note that if you want the other parent to pay, he/she has the right to discuss the need for braces with the dentist/orthodontist and even take your child for a second...

Q: Can Dom. Rel. bypass crt and freeze acct and withdraw $ from def. for arrears while def. is in compliance?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 1, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Your final sentence throws the rest of your inquiry into a morass of confusion. Why is there a wage attachment and DRO enforcement of a private order for support? Your son needs to consult in person with an experienced family law attorney about this mess.

Q: Recently got a “ Request” for production of documents (my expenses) from Defendants lawyer! Mandatory?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 1, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
You really need to find a way to at least consult in person with an attorney. The Requests may not be valid at this point under the support discovery rules but, if there's a divorce pending, they probably are. There's no way I can provide you with reliable, specific information under the circumstances except to tell you that Requests for Production are typically long and very inclusive.

Q: How is a second part time delivery driver wages added to support? I already pay support based on my professional job.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 28, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
The court will usually calculate an average of the earnings from this second job, using what you've made during the months worked.

Q: Can child support be modified if the non-custodial parent gets married?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 27, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
A support order can be modified at any time if the circumstances require it, but the marriage of one of the parents is rarely such a circumstance. Only the parents have an obligation to support their children and so their spouse's incomes are not included when support is calculated.

Q: Child support be less or more when two kids attend pvt school and one kid goes to college and the other still at home?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If the private school tuition is included in the actual court order then you may be looking at a reduction in your order just because one child's tuition will be coming off the order. You could meet with an experienced family law attorney to discuss in more detail and go over the numbers before your son is graduated and 18.

Q: Help with children and youth difficult ex husband

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Honestly, it sounds to me like you and your wife need to sit down for a detailed in person consultation with an experienced family law attorney. I'm sorry but some of what you said here doesn't make a lot of sense, complicated by the lack of punctuation I suspect, but even with periods and capital letters, I still think you need to meet with an attorney instead of seeking information online about what is clearly a complicated and messy matter.

Q: If I have another important matter the day I have a court hearing for child support can it be rescheduled to another day

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Potentially yes -- but you should request a postponement ASAP, and in writing. Make sure you send a copy to the other side as well, and state in your written request that you're doing so. Include your phone number so that Domestic Relations will be able to contact you quickly and easily as well.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Do i have the right to file for child support and a custody modification all in one day?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
No reason why you can't -- although you'll file for child support in the Domestic Relations Office, and your petition to modify custody with the Prothonotary's Office (two different desks, and maybe even two completely separate buildings). There will surely be a fee to file your petition to modify custody, so make sure you bring it and in the correct form of payment accepted by the court.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Will the increase the payments if I lost my job and can’t afford to for daycare for my son or medical bills

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Matthew Fox's answer
These really are questions you should be asking your lawyer. With limited information it is impossible to tell you definitively how your payments might change. I urge you to consult with your lawyer regarding your concerns, or, if you weren't represented, then consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area. In the meeting the lawyer can review your specific situation and give you well-informed advice.

Q: What should I do or bring he bringing paper work that he pays mortgage

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
If he's paying the mortgage on the martial home, he may indeed get credit for that -- because that is, in fact, keeping a roof over the children's heads (and yours), and counts for a lot.

You should consider getting a lawyer yourself, of course. If you can't afford one, you might want to look into your local legal aid organization that could provide an attorney at a reduced or even no cost to you.

Ultimately, however, just go to your child support conference and see what...

Q: Paid support after company aquired. New company sent to wrong State. I’m now in arrears. Company to correct. What now?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
If you've got issues about how your child support is being garnished and/or credited, contact your local Domestic Relations section to clear things up. If that doesn't work, you can request a formal audit from Domestic Relations to make sure everything adds up.

Best of luck to you.

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