Child Support Overview
Non-custodial parents are required by law to pay a monthly allowance, or child support, to help the custodial parent cover their child's expenses. An order of child support may follow a divorce or a determination of paternity. This section contains general information about child support law, including a glossary of legal terms and a primer on how a child support lawyer may help.
- Guide to Getting Child Support [pdf]
Comprehensive, printable guide to getting child support payments; including eligibility guidelines; a summary of what types of expenses child support covers; modification of support orders; and related matters.
- Eligibility for Child Support
General eligibility guidelines for requesting or pursuing a court order for child support payments, such as the parent's status as the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent's financial means.
- Child Support Agreements
Overview of the various ways to get child support without going to court, including agreements through informal negotiations; the use of mediation; and the practice known as collaborative family law.
- Child Support Basics
General overview of child support and the basics of child support orders, including the role of government; special considerations for unmarried parents; interstate moves; and related information.
- Child Support Glossary
Glossary of terms commonly associated with child support and the legal process for obtaining child support orders, from "accrual" and "adjudication" to "wage attachment" and "wage withholding."
- Child Support Statistics and Trends
Selection of nationwide statistics and trends related to child support, such as average annual amounts of child support payments; the average amount of support actually received; and more.