Philadelphia Child Support Lawyer
Having children is a life-long commitment, regardless of whether or not you remain married to or in a relationship with the person who helped bring a child or children into the world. That being said, if parents divorce or separate they need to ensure that their children are appropriately cared for. Child Support is the legal method that ensures that a child is provided the appropriate financial support from both of the parents regardless of their relationship.
At Sadek and Cooper, our attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide range of child support issues for clients throughout the Philadelphia region. If you have questions or concerns regarding establishing a child support order, modifying an existing child support order, or are concerned with enforcing a child support order, contact us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Call Now: (215) 814-0395 24 HOURS PER DAY – 7 DAYS A WEEK
Under Pennsylvania Law, parents are required to help cover the costs of raising a child. When a child’s parents cohabitate with each other and actively contribute to raising their child or children there is no need for the court to step in and analyze how much one parent is contributing. However, when parents separate the law in Pennsylvania imposes an ongoing obligation on both parents to contribute to their child’s continual care. However, the court does not simply issue a ruling with an amount of money one parent is expected to pay. The judge must apply the Child Support Guidelines as set forth by law. To do so the judge will look at a variety of factors including income, earning capacity, and custody arrangements. However, the analysis for determining child support can become incredibly complex and depends on:
- The number of children who are subject to a pending action
- The net monthly income of a non-custodial parent
- The amount of monthly support or alimony paid by a non-custodial parent to a spouse from a prior relationship
- The monthly cost of family group health insurance paid by non-custodial parents
- The net monthly income of a custodial parent
- The amount of monthly child support paid for children from a prior marriage by a custodial parent
- The monthly cost of family group health insurance paid by a Custodial parent
- The monthly cost of daycare paid for by a custodial parent
As you can imagine it can be difficult to determine the appropriate amount of child support, and this can be further complicated if the other parent is not willing to cooperate. The attorneys at Sadek and Cooper can help you in all aspects of establishing an appropriate amount of child support.
How are Child Support Orders Enforced?
Sadly, some parents do not feel the need to contribute to their children’s upbringing and care. Parents have gone so far as to refuse to pay their child support payments. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools and laws that are available to a parent who is in custody of a child and who is not receiving child support payments. A parent who has a valid child support order, who is not receiving child support payments may:
- File a court action to enforce the child support order
- Request assistance through the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement which can:
- Automatically deduct child support from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck
- Withhold child support directly from the non-custodial parent’s unemployment payments, Worker’s Compensation funds, Social Security benefits or Veteran’s Disability benefits
- Garnish wages and income
- Attach a lien against real property, such as a home
- Seize bank accounts
- Seize a personal injury settlement
- Restrict or revoke a delinquent parent’s occupational or professional license
- Restrict or revoke a delinquent parent’s driver’s license and passport
- Restrict or revoke a delinquent parent’s recreational licenses, such as a fishing license
- Intercept federal or state tax refunds
- Intercept lottery winnings
- Publishing the delinquent parent’s name in the newspaper, and
- Report the child support debt to credit reporting agencies, resulting in a negative credit report.
In addition to these remedies and enforcement methods, the court may also hold a parent who has not paid their child support payments can be held in contempt of court and can issue monetary fines as well as jail sentences of up to six months.
Contact our Philadelphia Child Support Lawyers
At Sadek and Cooper, we can help you in all aspects of child support. Our experienced attorneys can help you establish child support, help you modify an existing child support order, and can help you enforce a child support order.