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Child Support and Family Law

Child Support and Family Law

IN MEMORIAM JACK TWEEDIE

The National Conference of State Legislatures joins with the family of Jack Tweedie in mourning his passing on Jan. 29 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

 

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2013 LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS

2013 saw the enactment of over 140 new pieces of child support and family law legislation. From child support enforcement, to fatherhood engagement, to ways of improving the economic stability of families, visit the 2013 Legislative Enactments main page for summaries of enacted legislation organized by state, topic and family-centered bills of note.

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CHILD SUPPORT & 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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CHILD SUPPORT 101

Feeling a little lost when it comes to child support? Do you know how state child support programs are run? Do you want to know the full process behind child support enforcement? NCSL's Child Support Project has created the Child Support 101 series to help get you started. From state functions to child support enforcement, the Child Support Project has you covered.

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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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MILITARY PARENT CUSTODY AND VISITATION

Two young children readingFor information about 2013 legislative enactments affecting custody and visitation of military parents, the Uniform Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation Act, and other laws dealing with this unique issue, visit our recently added pages:

2013 Military Custody and Visitation Legislation

Military Parent Custody and Visitation

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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  • Child Support 101: Table of Contents

    This page contains a list of resources that offer detail on state child support processes and services helpful for state lawmakers and legislative staff.

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