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Child Support and Family Law

Child Support and Family Law

CHILD SUPPORT DIGEST VOLUME 3, NO. 1

Kids laying on the groundNCSL's Child Support Project offers a quarterly newsletter featuring the latest state and federal happenings related to child support and family law. The latest issue features information on the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act's state legislation requirement, in addition to a summary of 2014 child support and family law legislative enactments.

 

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

capitol domeOn September 29, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) into law. So far, 16 states have enacted legislation related to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act in order to come into compliance with the Act. Click MORE below to get all the details and for a summary of the Act.

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CHILD SUPPORT AND FAMILY LAW DATABASE

Boy jumpingThe 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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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFINITIONS & RELATIONSHIPS

NCSL's Child Support and Family Law Project tracks legislation related to domestic violence. View the most recent publication on what constitutes domestic violence and what relationships may be affected by domestic violence by clicking MORE below.

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

 

 

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2014 ENACTED LEGISLATION

kids with thumbs upLegislators continued to grapple with issues related to child support and family law during the 2014 legislative session. More than 110 bills and resolutions have been enacted in 38 states. Click MORE to view the 2014 Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments page for summaries of the enacted legislation.

 

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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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