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Child Support Payments

Resources to Help You Understand Components Considered in Child Support Payments

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It is difficult for parents to understand how child support payments are initially determined, as well as the factors that may increase or decrease child support payments. The following resources can help parents understand how child support payments are set and modified:

1. How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?

Parents should become familiar with the methods used by courts to calculate child support payments.  Child support may be calculated on a per-child basis or in a lump sum for all children.  Gain an understanding of the different formulas used to calculate child support payments. 

2. What Will Happen If I Fail Make Child Support Payments?

Child support obligors who do not make regular, court-ordered child support payments will face serious consequences.  Get tips on how the federal government handles child support non-payment such as non-issuance of a US passport. You will also learn of some defenses to child support non-payment.  

3. What if I Owe Back Child Support Payments?

A parent who is owed back child support should should seek assistance with a child support enforcement agency or a state family court.  Learn about how to request back child support payments from a child support obligor. 

4. What Will Happen to the Child Support Payments If I Become Unemployed?

A parent who is also responsible for making child support payments can lose his/her job for many reasons.  A parent, receiving unemployment insurance, may still be responsible for making child support payments.  Learn about what happens to current child support payments during unemployment. 

5. What Will Happen to the Child Support Payments in the Event of My Death?

Death of a custodial or a non-custodial parent will have an affect on child support payments. If a custodial parent dies, child support payments may be delegated to a new custodian.  If a non-custodial parent dies, it's still possible for a custodial parent to receive support from other sources. Gain an understanding of what happens to child support payments after a custodial or a non-custodial parent dies. 

6. What About Child Support Payments After My Child Becomes Emancipated?

Emancipation of a child will have an affect on current child support payments. It's possible for a parent to stop making child support payments when a child is emancipated, in certain circumstances. Get tips about how to handle child support payments when a child is emancipated. 

7. What Happens to Child Support Payments When a Parent is Incarcerated?

Incarceration of a child support obligor will have an affect on the parent who is receiving child support.  Often, child support payments continue to accrue, while other times, child support payments may cease during incarceration. Learn about what happens to child support payments when a child support obligor is incarcerated. 

8. How Does a Parent's Diability Affect Child Support Payments?

The disability of a parent, who is responsible for making child support payments, will have an affect on child support payments.  For example, it's possible for child support payments to decrease as a result of a disability. Learn about what happens to child support payments when a parent is disabled.   

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