Child Support

Child support is the financial support paid by parents to support a child or children of whom they do not have full custody.

Child support can be entered into voluntarily, by court order or by an administrative agency (the process depends on the state or tribe). Child support is an important source of income for millions of children in the United States. Child support payments represent on average, 40 percent of income for poor custodial families who receive it and lifted one million people above poverty in 2008.

States play an important role in collecting child support. All states and territories operate a child support enforcement program. At a minimum, services offered in all child support programs include locating noncustodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing and modifying support orders (including medical support), collecting support payments and enforcing child support orders, and referring noncustodial parents to employment services.

State legislatures can set important child support policy. The legislature may determine what type of calculation to use in determining income to establish the amount of the child support order as well as what type of enforcement mechanisms to use.

Legislators and other policymakers are re-examining the goals of the program and the constituents it serves to better tailor services to meet the needs of the population. Enforcement programs are being more carefully targeted to the specific types of families involved in the programs. State and communities are experimenting with a variety of programs to assist low-income fathers in meeting their child support obligations.

Child Custody

Child Custody USA is about which of the parents makes important decisions about the life of the children and about who will take care of them. The internationally accepted custody principle is that “the child resides in accordance with the best interest of the child”. Despite this principle, the rules and requirements for Child Custody USA differ from state to state.

Getting child custody USA can be hard. Even if you try to get shared custody, your ex might be against it. So, if you expect difficulties getting custody and you want to arm yourself against it, we recommend you to read this book: Child Custody USA Strategies. Somewhere in these 1200 pages, you will find your strategy. There are separate versions for women and men.


If you’re facing a divorce, you’ll have to face reality: Alimony payments—also known in some states as “spousal support” or “maintenance”—are alive and well in the American divorce system. And if you earn substantially more money than a spouse to whom you have been married for several years, there is a good chance you will be ordered to pay some alimony. On the other hand, alimony generally isn’t awarded for short marriages or where you and your spouse earn close to the same amount.
If alimony is ordered, you will generally have to pay a specified amount each month until:
  • A date set by a judge several years in the future
  • Your former spouse remarries
  • Your children no longer need a full-time parent at home
  • A judge determines that after a reasonable period of time, your spouse has not made a sufficient effort to become at least partially self-supporting
  • Some other significant event—such as retirement—occurs, convincing a judge to modify the amount paid, or
  • One of you dies.
  • As with most issues in your divorce, you and your spouse can agree to the amount and length of time alimony will be paid. But if you can’t agree, a court will set the terms for you. Unfortunately, having a court make the decision means there will be a trial, and that can cost you a lot of time and money.