During divorce proceedings, a couple must settle many different legal matters. If they have children, one of these includes child support. Child support is a type of compensation paid from one parent to another. This is done in order to continue financially supporting the child even after a divorce. Divorce can be very difficult for a child, but this type of support helps them to maintain the standard of living they were used to before.
A judge is granted the right to determine child support. When this is done, the judge considers many factors regarding the family in question. This can include the income of both the custodial and non-custodial parent. In addition to this, the judge will consider the age of the child and any financial requirements they might have. These payments are to be used for any matter regarding the child. This may be housing, food, school, extracurricular activities, entertainment, and more.
Age of Emancipation
When a parent is the child’s custodial parent, it means the child will reside with that parent the majority of the time. This requires that parent to provide the child with constant shelter, food, clothing, and more. These expenses can often become hard for one parent to pay for on their own. It is because of this that child support is required of the non-custodial parent as well. This helps to balance out the child’s cost of living and assist them as they grow up. Child support payments typically last until the child reaches the age of emancipation. In the state of Pennsylvania, this age is typically 18 years old.
However, all families and children are different. This is why child support is taken care of on a case by case basis and support payments do not always end at this age. There are cases in which the court may make exceptions and extend payments past this age. An example of this may be if the child wishes to seek higher education, such as college or trade school. In the event of this, the child is deemed emancipated when they finish their education. This requires the parent to assist in supporting this child during their education while they are not able to support themselves yet. While this is true, if a parent believes their child is independent and can provide for themselves, they can petition the court to emancipate the child. When a child is emancipated, it may end child support payments.
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