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What is child support and who can get it?

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Child support is money that a court orders a parent to pay every month to support the children and their living expenses. Connecticut’s child support law says that even if parents are separated or divorced, children have the right to get financial support from both parents, just like they would if the parents were still together. The information in this section explains parents’ child support responsibilities.

You can get child support if

  • you have custody or the child lives with you;
  • the other parent can be found; and
  • a court orders it.

If the other parent can’t be found, call 800-228-5437 to get help from State of Connecticut.

For information about child support in Connecticut, see the child support articles on ctlawhelp.org. You can also get help at a Court Service Center at your local courthouse.