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Parent Guide to Separation & Divorce

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Child Support

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When you separate, one of the first things you should think about is child support. This is the amount of money that a court orders a parent to pay every month to help support the children.

This section explains some child support basics. It describes how to figure out what a parent should expect to pay or to receive. You will also find links to related services and resources.

  • What is child support and who can get it?
  • How can I get child support?
  • How is the amount of child support decided?
  • How long does child support last?
  • What child support isn’t getting paid?
  • How can I get the child support amount changed?
  • What about custody and visitation?