By Meghan McCann

In 2013, at least 42 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia enacted 140 bills on various topics affecting child support and family law. Legislation dealt with ways to prevent the need for child support enforcement intervention, custody and visitation issues that lead to support orders, economic stability of both custodial and noncustodial parents, varying enforcement mechanisms, family violence prevention, engaging fathers in the lives of their children, health care coverage, and creating healthy family relationships, among other implementation or technical policy changes.

Photo of childrenThe National Conference of State Legislatures’ Child Support Project has put together a number of documents summarizing the 2013 enacted legislation. The 2013 Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments page offers a summary of the action taken by states in the area of child support and family law during the 2013 legislative session and provides links to the other pages. The 2013 Legislative Enactments: By State page offers more detailed descriptions of the enacted bills and can easily be searched by state. Additionally, the 2013 Legislative Enactments: By Topic page organizes the bills by topic, from enforcement to fatherhood engagement. For a selection of family-centered legislation that was enacted during the 2013 legislative session, visit the 2013 Legislative Enactments: Bills of Note page.

For information about pending and enacted child support and family law legislation during the 2014 legislative session, visit the Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database. The database is updated every two weeks with the most current legislation affecting children and their families.

Meghan McCann is a policy associate in the Human Services program at NCSL. 

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