By Meghan McCann

With over 800 bills introduced in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, child support and family law remained a topic of conversation in legislatures across the country.

With approximately 34 state legislatures in adjournment, many bills have reached a final disposition.

NCSL’s Child Support Project tracks all pending and enacted legislation from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in our Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database.

The newest addition to this effort is a 2014 Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments page which includes summaries of each piece of enacted legislation from the 2014 legislative session. So far approximately 56 bills and resolutions have been enacted by 27 states.

The topics cover a range of issues including enforcement, child support prevention, custody and visitation, economic stability, family violence collaboration, father engagement, child support guidelines and healthy family relationships.

So far, nearly 20 bills address child support enforcement, specifically how to collect more child support through various intercepts, including income withholding and lottery intercepts. Also included in child support enforcement legislation are different ways of dealing with driver’s license suspension while also ensuring that child support obligors can make the money necessary to pay child support.

Visit the 2014 Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments page now!

Also check out the Child Support Homepage, NCSL’s clearinghouse for all things child support and family law.

Meghan McCann is a policy associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Children and Families Program. Email Meghan.

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