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Child Support and Family Law

Child Support and Family Law

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

GavelWith thousands of rape-related pregnancies each year, states are seeking to limit the perpetrators' rights to custody and visitation with the child. So far, 26 states and D.C. have enacted legislation allowing for termination of parental rights or restrictions or prohibitions on custody and visitation. Click "more" below to see statute summaries and analysis.

 

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PREVENTING SEX TRAFFICKING AND STRENGTHENING FAMILIES ACT: IMPROVING CHILD SUPPORT RECOVERY

On September 29, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) into law. This bipartisan bill has major implications for states and requires several policy changes in the areas of child welfare and child support. View NCSL's explanation of the child support provisions by clicking more below.

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CHILD SUPPORT AND FAMILY LAW DATABASE

Two young children readingThe Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database contains passed, pending and failed legislation and executive orders from 2011 - 2014. Topics relate to custody and visitation, economic stability, enforcement, family violence collaboration, father engagement, guidelines, health care coverage, prevention, healthy family relationships, implementation, and other related issues. Users can search text for examples and specific key words.

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2014 ENACTED LEGISLATION

Kids holding thumbs upLegislators continue to grapple with issues related to child support and family law in the 2014 legislative session. So far, 56 bills and resolutions have been enacted in 27 states. Check out the new 2014 Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments page for summaries of the legislation that has been enacted (so far!).

 

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION 2013-2014

NCSL's Child Support and Family Law Project tracks legislation related to domestic violence. In 2013-2014 approximately 26 states enacted nearly 60 bills related to domestic violence arrest procedures and sentencing, victim's rights, protective orders and education.

Also view NCSL's Blog spotlighting October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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CHILD SUPPORT HOMEPAGE

Child holding yellow flowersNCSL's Child Support Project conducts research on various topics affecting child support, from fatherhood engagement to age of majority. For a list of resources and information regarding child support basics, enforcement, family centered services, and to access our child support digest visit the Child Support Homepage.

Check back often for the latest updates.

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OVERVIEW | CHILD SUPPORT AND FAMILY LAW

States play a critical role in establishing effective child support programs that address the needs of the whole family and encourage compliance with child support orders. States are developing policies to prevent the need for child support enforcement, engage fathers from the birth of their child, promote family economic stability, help build healthy family relationships, ensure that families have meaningful health care coverage and prevent and reduce family violence. NCSL provides policy and research analysis of legislative trends and innovative programs as well as other assistance, such as educational presentations for legislators, staff and other state leaders, testimony before legislative committees, and roundtable discussions on these and a range of child support and family law topics. 

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