Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I’m in Jail in Pennsylvania?

Does Pennsylvania law require me to pay child support when in jail?

Does Pennsylvania law require me to pay child support when in jail?

Great question.

Pennsylvania is one of 36 states that permit reduction of support orders for incarcerated parents. To learn exactly how the process works, you should speak with the best child support lawyer PA and/or divorce lawyer as soon as possible.

Many people who face incarceration leave young children behind. In fact, a 1999 study showed that 55 percent of state and 63 percent of federal prisoners reported having a child under the age of 18.

No state automatically modifies the child support order of an incarcerated parent, and there are key differences in how proactively order review and modification is pursued in each state.

In Pennsylvania:

  • The court may terminate or suspend a person’s child support obligation if they are in jail
  • If the person is in jail because they failed or refused to pay support, their duty to pay support continues while they are in jail
  • If the person is in jail for another reason unrelated to child support, they can ask the Court to stop the support order until they are released
  • The income and assets of incarcerated parents are considered and are subject to collections

If you have any questions about any aspect of child support or alternative dispute resolutions, please don’t hesitate to contact our family lawyers at any time.

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  3. Nhubu Chikaka says:

    I was incarcerated in 2014, my South Carolina child support order continued whilst I was incarcerated. I was released in 2017 on Appeals, for the time I was incarcerated I was unable to pay my child support payments. Upon release from prison I tried to modify my child support but due to the fact that my children's mother no longer resided in South Carolina I was told that since neither party resides in the state of South Carolina, South Carolina cannot modify my child support order. Is there a way to rectify this?

  4. Michael says:

    Will I win this battle?my ex lives in Pa still.I was in sci for 5 yrs

  5. Richard Ducko says:

    What evidence would I need to provide to show my kids were not living with their mother who was granted child support by lying to the court!!!!

  6. Melissa says:

    Children's father was incarcerated for 8 years, before a child support order was filed. Is there anyway to sue for those lost monies now that he has been released?

  7. Anonymous says:

    No parent that doesn’t take care of their child children shoukd be made by law to take care of their child and or childern especially my Grandsons parents that continue to go to jail having me the Grandmother to take care of their child with no financial asstistance at all!! I’m on fixed income His dead beat so called dad continues to make babies has 10 now dnt take care of not one of them continues to go to jail how is this right or fair to My Grandson or I

  8. Mike V says:

    Why would you jail someone for not paying child support, because that is going to allow them to pay it now?

  9. Michael says:

    They do that to make even more money off you while u sit in jail!!! Its how they get people on life sentences for oweing child support money!!

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