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Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement

Pennsylvania divorce courts order child support to ensure a child's financial security after the parents divorce. Child support provides the child with a standard of living he or she would have enjoyed if his or her parents stayed together.

Unpaid child support is an issue Pennsylvania divorce court must deal with like all other 49 states. To help collect unpaid child support, states establish child support enforcement agencies. Pennsylvania divorce court have the right to garnish wages if there is outstanding unpaid child support. The divorce courts have an employer take out a portion of each paycheck to cover unpaid child support. Child support enforcement in Pennsylvania may also include suspension of licenses and being help in contempt of court. If a deadbeat parent is help in contempt, he or she may be:

  • Imprisoned for up to six months
  • Fined up to $1,000
  • Put on probation for up to one year

Pennsylvania divorce laws help the divorce court determine Pennsylvania child support. The information above is not legal advice on how to handle child support enforcement, but by speaking to a Pennsylvania divorce attorney you can find out how much child support you can expect to receive from your spouse. A Pennsylvania divorce attorney can also work with you to modify child support if you feel your payments are too much. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Pennsylvania divorce case review. Protect your child's financial future and your own by getting advice from a Pennsylvania divorce lawyer today.

The above synopsis of Pennsylvania divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Pennsylvania divorce lawyer in your area.

Pennsylvania divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal advice on divorce or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.