Getting Child Support
- Are You Eligible for Child Support?
How to determine eligibility for child support payments based on custodial status; the establishment of paternity; and other considerations, including special considerations for parents with joint custody of their child.
- What Does Child Support Cover?
Explanation of what child support covers other than the child’s basic needs, including uninsured medical care; entertainment; transportation; sports activities; summer camps; and college expenses
- Getting Child Support Checklist
Helpful checklist of important steps to take when seeking child support, from locating the other (non-custodial) parent and establishing paternity, to adjusting payment terms and enforcing a child support order.
- Child Support by Court Order
Overview of getting child support through a court order, the most adversarial approach, whether it is obtained as part of a divorce or through a separate legal action.
- Child Support by Agreement
Basics of obtaining child support through means other than a court order, such as the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); agreements through informal negotiations; and collaborative family law methods.
- When Does Child Support End?
Overview of how and when a non-custodial parent’s obligation to pay child support ends, usually at age 18; including discussion of the “age of majority” and child emancipation.