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Overview of Child Support

By: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts


Child support has long been a source of hostility between parents. Anger over the amount of child support, the timeliness of the payments, and the appropriateness of its use have caused many a "battle" both in and out of court.

Non-payment of child support is a very serious problem. To ensure that parents financially support their children and to reduce the costs of welfare, the U.S. Federal/State Child Support Enforcement Program was established in 1975. 1984 and 1988 amendments strengthen state laws and enforcement techniques.

This brochure provides you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about child support.

For additional information or help, contact the following:

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Child Support Enforcement (O.C.S.E.) 330 "C" Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201
  • Your local and/or state Office of Child Support Enforcement, Domestic Relations Court, Human Services Department, or county prosecutor.
  • Your local child support advocacy group, if available. O.C.S.E. has a list.
  • Your lawyer or local lawyer referral service.


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