What is child support?

Child support is the money that one parent pays the other parent to support their child.

To get child support, you must start a child-support case. You can do this on your own or with your local child support agency (LCSA).

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What if the other parent does not have a job or money?

If the other parent is not working, but could work, the amount of support will be based on minimum wage or the wage of his/her previous job. If the other parent could work, the court may order the other parent to look for work. If that happens, s/he will have to go back to court or the child-support office to report on his/her work search.

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What amount of child support can I get?

The amount of child support depends mostly on

  • each parent’s income,
  • whether either parent is paying for child care or health insurance, and
  • how much time the child spends with each parent.

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