One of the questions you will get asked most frequently when speaking to any Pennsylvanian about divorce and child-support enforcement is “is my divorce mandatory?” The answer to this question is “yes” and will be enforced in the event of a divorce, unless you opt to get a waiver or an order with provisions that will allow for changes.
If you choose to get a waiver or an order that will allow you to change the terms of your divorce, you will still have to abide by the terms of the divorce. This means that you are still considered divorced by the court, and you will no longer be able to file for child support payments. As with many things in life, once you’ve made the decision to get a divorce, you are stuck with it and can never get out.
If you decide to file for a child support order, your child support payments will be ordered by the court. It may be possible to modify your child support payments if you move, for example, if you have been granted a new job or child custody. Once you are married again, however, you will be back to square one.
Many times, people are unable to work because of their divorce, and if you are still paying child support, it is very important that you pay them. You will have to have a major change in your financial circumstances in order to come up with the money to pay your ex-spouse.
In order to protect yourself from the obligation of having to pay alimony, you will need to ask for a waiver. You can choose to go through this process on your own or you can hire a lawyer who will help you navigate the legal system. Keep in mind that once you agree to a waiver, you are not exempt from having to pay child support.
If you have reached a point where you simply cannot afford the payment of child support anymore, you will need to ask the court for a modification. You can also ask for a modification if you feel your spouse is not acting in the best interest of your child, but this is not a good idea if you want to keep your child support payments.
Some of the divorce attorneys who specialize in child support enforcement will not hesitate to represent a client facing this type of situation. They will work hard to help you to save money and to go through the divorce successfully. Voelker & Kairys is an established and accomplished Pittsburgh Lawyer specializing in family law and estate planning and administration.