As a parent in Pennsylvania who has divorced your ex-spouse, you’ll be looking at several different types of potential expenses. The Marinaro Law Firm works with you to help you determine what those expenses may be and how much you might end up paying.

One of the most well-known types of support payment is child support. The parent who does not have primary custody will handle child support payments in order to help the primary custodial parent raise their child. This typically covers expenses like:

  • School attendance fees
  • Extracurricular classes or activities
  • Life-enrichment like musical instruments or sports
  • Medical expenses

Child support payments are mandatory until the child hits either 18 or 21. The payments are mandatory and you may face penalties for not making them on time. Penalties can include having your wages garnished or being taken to court.

Spousal support, on the other hand, may or may not be mandatory and is generally only in effect until your ex-spouse can stand on their own two feet financially. This is intended to help your ex-spouse out as they look for a job or adjust to life on a one-person income instead of a dual income. If their financial situation changes, such as them getting remarried or finding a new job, then you will no longer make these payments.

When dealing with either child support or spousal support, or both, you’ll want to know exactly what to expect. Take a look at our website, linked here, to peruse the information we’ve compiled on different types of support payment and what you can roughly expect from each.