Frequently Asked Questions about Child Support

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Woman thinkingThis section gives you answers to frequently asked questions. It gives you information about child support in general, and how the amount of child support is decided by the courts. It has information about court cases, about after child support has been ordered, and what to do if a parent gets behind in his or her child support payments.


There is a list of questions under each category. To get started, please click on a topic below:

If you have questions that are not asked in this section, you may want to ask a law librarian for help. 

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