What is a child support order?

A child support order is a document from a court that states when, how often, and how much a parent is to pay for child support. A child support order is typically part of a divorce decree or paternity judgment.

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Can a step-parent be required to pay child support?

Step-parent child support was not required according to traditional common law rules, however, many states have since passed statutes requiring step-parent support. Therefore, whether step-parent support during marriage or step-parent support after marriage is required may depend on the state.

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Child Custody Law

Child support is an amount payable by one parent to the other to make sure that a child is cared for and shares, to some degree, the standard of living enjoyed by both parents. Read on for more information on child support.

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Sperm Donors and Child Support

Whether a sperm donor is legally bound to pay child support depends on state law, as well as the facts specific to his situation. Many courts have looked at whether the donor was anonymous, whether the donor was involved in the child’s life, the relationship of the donor and the mother, whether the child was conceived through in vitro or through intercourse, whether a physician inseminated the mother, and at what point the contract for non-payment of child support was made.

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Colorado Child Support

In Colorado, child support may be obtained by anyone primarily responsible for the care of a minor child, through a child support order from the child’s parent(s).

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How to Increase Child Support

A custodial parent can have a number of reasons to increase child support and the process by which it may be increased varies by state. Find out how to increase your child support payments.

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Wage Assignment

Wage assignment, or income deduction order, is when a court directs the employer of a non-custodial parent to deduct the amount of child support from the parent’s income. In order to ensure that child support orders are enforced, the federal government has issued a vareity of directives to the states requiring them to implement enforcement initiatives to make sure child support payments are made. Read further for more information on wage assignment for child support.

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Oklahoma Child Support

Oklahoma child support law provides for child support in cases where parents do not live together, whether they are in the process of a divorce or were never married. Find out how child support is calculated in Oklahoma here, plus how to get child support or change an Oklahoma child support order and more.

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