Child Support and Family Law


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Employment Services Brief

Unemployment is the leading reason for non-payment of child support by noncustodial parents. This brief looks at federal and state efforts to encourage partnerships among agencies and community-based programs to provide employment services to noncustodial parents engaged in the child support program.


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Child Support Data

States collected approximately $32 billion dollars on behalf of 14.7 million children served by child support enforcement programs during fiscal year 2018. See a comparison on collections, distribution and caseload info from all 50-states and territories.



Child Support and Family Law


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Child Support Changes

We talk with officials in two states that are seeing success by working to address the issues and concerns of those who owe child support payments, and, as a result, are improving relationships between parents and their children.



Child Support Database

The Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database contains passed, pending and failed legislation and executive orders from 2012 - 2020. 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.


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Child Support Digest

NCSL's quarterly newsletter featuring information enacted legislation, behavioral interventions for child support services and effectiveness of child support enforcement tools.


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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.