The workplace can be dangerous, especially if you work in construction,
manufacturing, or law enforcement. But even the seemingly “safe”
occupations can be dangerous. Every day, nurses sustain back injuries
after lifting patients and data entry personnel suffer from carpal tunnel
syndrome. Even office workers can be injured in car accidents that occur
“on the clock,” and slip and fall accidents.
No matter your occupation, you run the risk of suffering from a workplace
injury and if you’re contemplating
divorce or are in the
divorce process, there’s something you should know: If you end up paying
child support and you later receive workers’ compensation, your workers’
compensation benefits are at risk.
How Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Affected
If you are ever to go on workers’ compensation and you’re paying
child support, your workers’ compensation benefits can be taken
to pay child support. Since workers’ compensation benefits are less
than an employee’s regular pay, this can cause a problem, leaving
less money for the non-custodial parent to live on.
If you are the non-custodial parent and you pay child support, please realize
that if you collect workers’ compensation benefits, they are subject
to garnishment for child support. But since you’ll be earning less
than you did before the disability, it may be wise for you to ask the
family court for a
Whenever a non-custodial parent has a significant change in circumstances;
for example, they lose their job or they go on workers’ compensation
or Social Security Disability (SSD), they should petition the court to
decrease their child support payments through a “downward modification.”
Note: Child support is not retroactive and you don’t stop owing it if you
lose your job. So, as soon as you experience a major change in your financial
situation, go to court immediately to petition for a downward modification.
When Does Child Support End in Pennsylvania?
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