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Appealing a child support order

If you currently owe child support, or you are in the midst of a divorce and you worry about your ability to make payments in the future, it is vital to explore various issues related to this facet of family law.

Sometimes, non-custodial parties can modify their child support order because of job loss or other major financial changes, making payments more tolerable. Furthermore, some people have the ability to appeal a child support order, but there are certain restrictions in place.

How can you appeal a child support order?

According to the Pennsylvania Child Support Program’s website, those who wish to appeal a child support order can do so as long as they file the appeal in no more than 20 days following the order’s date or the date they received the order.

If you appeal a child support order, you need to file your appeal in the Domestic Relations Section for the county in which the order originated. Moreover, you should note that filing an appeal is the only way to change a child support order.

What if a parent cannot appeal a child support order?

If more than 20 days have passed since the issuance of your child support order and you have lost the ability to file an appeal, review other courses of action if you wish to make changes regarding child support. For example, some parents can modify, reinstate or terminate child support orders. Falling behind on child support payments carries harsh repercussions and if you are a non-custodial parent with child support obligations, you should familiarize yourself with your options.