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Child Support and Family Law

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Procedural Justice and Child Support Cases

State and federal policymakers are evaluating the cost, fairness and effectiveness of civil contempt as a tool to increase child support payments.

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A New Approach to Child Support 

Heather Noble, assistant director for the Arizona Division of Child Support Services, and Michael Hayes, an official with the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, discuss a new procedural justice approach to child support that seeks to use principles such as respect, understanding and neutrality to increase the sense of fairness that parents feel in what is often a difficult process. 

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HUMAN SERVICES

Child Support and Family Law

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Child Support Tutorial

Click to access a list of resources on state child support processes and services helpful for state lawmakers and legislative staff.

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Child Support Database

The Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database contains passed, pending and failed legislation and executive orders from 2012 - 2021. Topics include custody and visitation, economic stability, enforcement, family violence collaboration, father engagement, guidelines, health care coverage, prevention, healthy family relationships, implementation and other related issues.

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Child Support Policies: Implications for Low-Income Fathers and Their Children

What policymakers need to know and what they can do. This article offers information for legislators and a Q and A explaining challenges of state policies.

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Resources Homepage

NCSL's Child Support Project conducts research on topics affecting child support, from fatherhood engagement to age of majority. Find resources and information regarding child support basics, enforcement, family centered services and more.

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