What Is Child Support?

Child support is money parents pay to help other people support their children. The court orders the support. The support may be part of an interim, temporary, permanent or modified court order in a divorce, paternity action, order for protection, child custody action or a separate child support action.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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